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Modernism was not the first movement to cast a shadow on ornament and adornment, though it was the most effective one. This interactive highlights works that can be considered both austere and ornate, encouraging you to weigh in via Twitter in light of different stylistic imperatives of the past.

Drawn from the Museum's collection of European sculpture and decorative arts, the exhibition Plain or Fancy? (on view February 26–August 18, 2013) follows the theme from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.