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Virtual Antiquities Circle Lecture — The Noble Collection of Attic Vases


  • Sunday
  • October 18, 2020
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Join us this fall for a series of Virtual Antiquities Circle Lectures presented by Dr. Branko van Oppen. In this second presentation, Dr. van Oppen looks at the collection of Joseph Veach Noble.

The Joseph Veach Noble collection of Attic vases, for some 35 years now, form the foundation of the permanent Antiquities collection of the Tampa Museum of Art. This superb collection of international renown among specialist circles is noted for its breath of themes and styles, forms and techniques. The Noble vases are therefore of superior educational value to illuminate aspects of ancient Athenian myth and religion, warfare and athletics, wine culture and cosmetics, daily life and entertainment. The same black- and red-figure vases were also the basis of Noble’s own pioneering study of the firing process and other technical details. While some examples have been on display before, a dedicated exhibition of the Noble collection of Attic vases has not been hosted in any national or international venues outside of the TMA.

Speaker: Dr. Branko van Oppen is an ancient historian specialized in queenship during the period from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra. He received his PhD from The City University of New York, where he studied with Sarah Pomeroy; he has over a decade of wide-ranging teaching experience in the U.S. and his native country The Netherlands; and he has worked for five years at the Allard Pierson Museum, which holds the archaeological collection of the University of Amsterdam. Dr. van Oppen’s academic interests further include clay seal impressions, animals in ancient material culture, and Romano-Egyptian mummy portraits, as well as art history and ancient religion.

  • Members: Free
  • Not-Yet-Members: Suggested donation of $15


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Image: Red-Figure Calyx Krater (Mixing Vessel), Attributed to the Menelaos Painter, Greek, Attic, ca. 440 BC, Ceramic, Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, Purchased in part with funds donated by Trenam, Simmons, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, and O’Neill, P.A., 1986.075.