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Study photographs of ancient minor arts objects.

Getty Research Institute.

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - ANTIQUITIES  (NK610 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of ancient minor arts objects.
  • Author/Creator: Getty Research Institute.
  • Creation Date: 19--?
  • Biographical/Historical Note: In 1974, the J. Paul Getty Museum began assembling a "photo library" by consolidating the visual resources of each existing curatorial department. By the early 1980s, the Photo Archive was actively acquiring large collections of photographs from commercial and private sources and scholars' archives that contained a photographic component. In 1983, the nearly one million photographs of the Photo Archive were incorporated into the Research Institute's Special Collections.
  • Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by object type, form, culture, and location (city, museum).
  • Physical Desc.: 174 boxes (ca. 6,818 photographic prints) : b&w, some col. ; 35 cm. and 47 cm..
  • Summary: An assembled collection of modern photographs of ancient works of the minor arts, chiefly from the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th cent. BC-6th cent. AD). Object types include: arms and armor, athletic equipment, furniture, jewelry, lamps, loomweights, masks, mirrors, models, molds, musical instruments, ornaments and appliqués, scales and weights, seals and stamps, textiles, toys, utilitarian objects, vessels, and votive objects.
    The collection contains photographs from numerous sources, including commercial vendors and photographers, museum collections, auction houses, research institutions' archives, and scholars' archives and collections. Of particular importance are the photographs reproducing the contents of the James Tassie collection of casts of ancient gems at the Victoria and Albert Museum. One of the few sets of photographs documenting this collection, this corpus is important for the study of ancient gems, the history of gem collecting, iconographic sources of neoclassical images, and the formation of 18th century taste.
    Significant scholars' archives contained in the collection include those of Giovanni Becatti and Ludwig Goldscheider. In addition, the collection contains selected prints of objects found in excavations carried out by Bryn Mawr College at Murlo, Italy; other photos were acquired from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Among commercial vendors and photographers, the most important sources are Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives), Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Bulloz, Christie's, Photographie Giraudon, Hirmer Verlag, Sotheby's, Max Hutzel, Barbara Bini, Alison Frantz, and Emile Serafis.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Repository's online Photo Archive Database (Antiquities collection) includes photograph level or object level access to approximately 44% of the photographs.
  • Notes: Eight photographs of Etruscan bronze mirrors in the collection of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, California were the gift of Dr. Evelyn E. Bell.
    Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 8 x 10 in.
    Credit line for 8 photographs moved from 2004.P.1: Gift of Dr. Evelyn E. Bell.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Tassie, James, 1735-1799 -- Art collections Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections Armor, Ancient Athletics -- Equipment and supplies Decoration and ornament, Ancient Furniture, Ancient Gems, Ancient Implements, utensils, etc Jewelry, Ancient Lamps, Ancient Masks Mirrors Models (Clay, plaster, etc.) Musical instruments, Ancient Seals (Numismatics) Textile fabrics, Ancient Toys Votive offerings Weapons, Ancient Weights and measures, Ancient Poggio Civitate Site (Italy)
  • Contributors: Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973. Bini, Barbara. Frantz, Alison. Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973. Hutzel, Max. Serafis, Emile. American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • LC Call Number: NK610
  • ID/Accession Number: 1383-393
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 82773942
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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