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Study photographs of medieval minor arts (ars sacra).

Getty Research Institute.

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - MEDIEVAL  (NK700 )()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of medieval minor arts (ars sacra).
  • 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 by medium, historic/geographic period, object type, and housing institution.
  • Physical Desc.: 83 boxes (ca. 5,115 photographic prints) : b&w ; 35 cm.
  • Summary: An assembled collection of modern prints that depict objects in a number of media: arms and armor; coins and seals; gems and crystal; glass; ivory; metal; textiles; and wood. Metal comprises over half the collection (Gothic metal one quarter), and ivory one quarter.
    Within these media, photographs depict objects from historic/geographic periods as follows: Coins and seals (2 boxes) includes Visigothic, Romanesque and Gothic. Gems and crystal (1 box) includes late antique, mid- to late Byzantine, and Islamic. Glass (1 box) includes late Imperial, early medieval, mid- to late Byzantine, and Islamic. Ivory (20 boxes) includes Islamic, mid- to late Byzantine (4 boxes), late Imperial (3 boxes), early medieval (2 boxes), Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque (3 boxes), Gothic (4 boxes). Metal (50 boxes) includes Islamic (2 boxes), mid- to late Byzantine (10 boxes), late Imperial, Visigothic, Merovingian, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque (7 boxes), Limoges (4 boxes), Gothic (19 boxes), and post-medieval. Textiles (6 boxes) includes Coptic, Islamic, late Imperial, early medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic. A box devoted to images from the collection of the Palazzo Davanzetti in Florence includes metal, textile and wood artifacts.
    Sources of the photographs (primarily commercial) include: James Austin (Romanesque), Alinari, Anderson, the Conway Library, Hirmer Verlag, Max Hutzel (minor centers in Italy), Böhm, Zodiaque (Romanesque), and the Erwin Panofsky collection.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Repository's online Photo Archive Database (Medieval collection) includes photograph level access to one-third of the collection.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 8 x 10 in.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968 -- Photograph collections Religious articles Christian art and symbolism -- Medieval, 500-1500 Art metal-work, Medieval Armor, Medieval Coins, Medieval Gems Glassware, Medieval Ivories, Medieval Seals (Numismatics) -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 Textile fabrics, Medieval Weapons Wood-carving, Medieval
  • Contributors: Austin, James. Hutzel, Max. Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968.
  • LC Call Number: NK700
  • ID/Accession Number: 1381-905
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 81727969
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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