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Study photographs of museum displays of ancient art.

Getty Research Institute.

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - ANTIQUITIES  (AM151 )()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of museum displays of ancient art.
  • 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 name of city and museum.
  • Physical Desc.: 24 boxes (ca. 1,231 photographic prints) : b&w, some col. ; 35 cm..
  • Summary: An assembled collection of photographs of Greek and Roman art in museum galleries and displays. A number of museums are especially well documented, including: the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA; the Museo archeologico nazionale in Naples; the Acropolis, Agora, and National Archaeological museums in Athens; the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence; and several major museums in Rome as well as the Vatican Museums. Other museums represented in the collection are those in the the cities of Aquileia, Baltimore, Bologna, Cambridge (MA), Brescia, Cagliari, Capua, Castiglioncello, Delphi, Fiesole, Cività Lavinia, Mantua, Milan, Montepulciano, New York, Nola, Olympia, Ostia, Oxford, Palermo, Paris, Pisa, Pompeii, Ravenna, Sorrento, Syracuse (Italy), Taranto, Tarquinia, Thebes, Turin, Trieste, Venice, Verona, and Volterra.
    The principal sources for the modern prints in this collection are commercial photographers and vendors, such as Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives), Photographie Giraudon, Max Hutzel, Guntram Koch, and Roberto Sigismondi. A group of copy prints reproduces early 20th century stereographic views in the collection of the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside. Some images moved from other collections in the repository (such as the Giovanni Becatti archive).
    Approximately 400 commercial prints from Fratelli Alinari reproduce plaster casts of Roman art and models of Roman architecture created for the Mostra augustea della romanità, Rome, 1937-38, commemorating the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of the Roman emperor Augustus. The exhibition catalog, Mostra augustea della romanità : catalogo (Roma, 1938), provides a descriptive inventory to the photographs, which are arranged according to the room (sala) number of the original exhibition.
    A group of color photos assembled by Norman Neuerburg comprises 45 prints documenting architectural details of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, and 52 that show the ancient inspirations for those details on Roman structures in southern Italy. The photographs compliment a collection of Neuerburg documents relating to the construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970-1987, held by the repository's Special Collections (accn. no. 870517).
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: The Photo Archive Database includes photograph level access to approximately 13% of the photographs.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 8 x 10 in.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections J. Paul Getty Museum Museo nazionale di Napoli Ethnikon Archaiologikon Mouseion (Greece) Mouseio Akropolēs Galleria degli Uffizi Archaeological museums and collections Art, Greek Art, Roman Archaeological museums and collections -- Italy -- Rome Archaeological museums and collections -- Vatican City Agora (Athens, Greece)
  • Contributors: Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973. Hutzel, Max. Koch, Guntram. Neuerburg, Norman. Sigismondi, Roberto. Mostra augustea della romanità (1937-1938 : Rome, Italy)
  • LC Call Number: AM151
  • ID/Accession Number: 1381-497
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 85172224
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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