An exhibition on the ancient Greek God Poseidon entitled “Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult and Daily Life,” opens on Saturday at the Tampa Museum of Art. The exhibition includes significant pieces from Tampa Museum’s collection and museums across the world, such as the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the National Archaeological Museum of Florence.
The exhibition is the first one ever in the U.S. that offers an in-depth presentation of the Greek god’s depiction and role in ancient Greece.
“We had originally planned Poseidon for 2011,” said Seth D. Pevnick , chief curator of the museum. “It took me longer to secure loans and there were other big shows on our calendar. It gave us a little more time.” he added.
Pevnick had the idea for a show about Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the sea, when he was working at the Getty museum and looking for a job in Tampa.
“People like the gods and goddesses, but they especially like Dionysus, because he’s the party god, Zeus, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, so lots of exhibitions have featured them. You don’t see as much about Poseidon. And it just so happens that the biggest and best preserved statue of Poseidon in the United States is right here in Tampa. Tampa is a port city with Mediterranean ties. It made sense,” he stated.