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From Utility to Aesthetics in Ancient Artwork

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© Courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art
From Utility to Aesthetics in Ancient Artwork

120 Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, Florida 33602
March 10th, 2012 - November 17th, 2013
Opening: March 10th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.tampamuseum.org
COUNTRY:  
coral gables
EMAIL:  
nancy.kipnis@tampamuseum.org
PHONE:  
(813) 817-6731
OPEN HOURS:  
M,Tu,W,F 11am-7pm/Th 11am-9pm,S&S 11am-5pm

DESCRIPTION

Often beautiful in form and adorned with striking images, artifacts of the ancient Mediterranean world can be classified in myriad ways. Some are strictly utilitarian; others lean toward the decorative. These two are not mutually exclusive, however, as evidenced by ancient painted pottery, where form, function, and decoration frequently combine to great effect. In this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Tampa Museum of Art permanent collection, objects are grouped according to certain common features—from images, aesthetics, and individual style to form, utility, and technical details.