During the early part of the 20th century, Vincent and Olga Diniacopoulos acquired a vast collection of ancient art. Following the death of Vincent and son Denis, most of this collection has been acquired by international museums. Ancient masterpieces from the Diniacopoulos family collection can today be viewed in the British Museum, the Louvre, the ROM, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
In 2001, Queen's Art Conservation Program and the Department of Classics acquired a large number of pieces from the remainder of this collection which originates from all regions of the Mediterranean and date from the prehistoric to the late Roman periods. These pieces include fragments of pottery and sculpture and large lumps of coins. Students from both Art Conservation and Classics have the opportunity to work with original artefacts as they restore and preserve these objects, and publish them in their theses.
Ten pieces of the collection are on display in our showcase, 5th floor, John Watson Hall.