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Study photographs of ancient architectural sculpture.

Getty Research Institute.

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - ANTIQUITIES  (NA3330 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of ancient architectural sculpture.
  • 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: Arrangement is geographical, filed alphabetically by name of modern country, then name of ancient city or site, and monument.
  • Physical Desc.: 159 boxes (ca. 11,200 photographic prints) : b&w, some col. ; 35 cm. and 47 cm..
  • Summary: An assembled collection of modern photographs of architectural sculpture, mostly detached from the original location, concentrating on works of the Greek and Roman periods, from the Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6 cent. BC-6th cent. AD). Coverage is most complete for works from sites in Greece and Italy, but the collection includes images of architectural sculpture from monuments in other countries, including Albania, Algeria, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Lebanon, Libya, Romania, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yugoslavia. The cities for which major documentation of monuments exists are Athens and Olympia in Greece; Rome (particularly the Ara Pacis Augustae, Arch of Constantine, and Column of Trajan) and Selinus in Italy; Aphrodisias and Ephesus in Turkey.
    The collection includes photographs from numerous sources, including commercial vendors and photographers; research institutions' archives; excavation campaigns; scholars' archives and collections; and photographic campaigns sponsored by the Getty Research Institute. Among the commercial vendors and photographers, the most important are: Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives), Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Bulloz, Photographie Giraudon, Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (GFN) Rome, Hirmer Verlag, Barbara Bini, Alison Frantz, Guntram Koch, and Emile Serafis.
    Research institutions' archives from which new prints were made include: Fototeca unione at the American Academy in Rome; Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Athens and Rome; and the American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
    Excavation campaigns from which the collection holds selected photographs include those of Princeton University at Morgantina (Sicily); Bryn Mawr College at Murlo (Italy); the American Academy in Rome at Cosa (Italy); and the photographic record made by Eugene Gordon of excavations at Heracleia Lyncestra (Yugoslavia) and Aquincum (Hungary) as well as his photos of archaeological remains at Agrigento and Taormina (Sicily) and Aphrodisias, Aspendos, Ephesus, Perge, and Side (Turkey).
    Photographic campaigns sponsored by the repository have contributed extensive coverage of three monuments in Rome. The Column of Trajan is documented in 1,169 photographs, 977 of which show every 30 cm. of the friezes after cleaning and restoration carried out in the 1980s. The Arch of Constantine is represented in ca. 315 photos and the Ara Pacis Augustae in ca. 300 photos. The collection also includes photographs from the repository's Giovanni Becatti and Ludwig Goldscheider archives.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Repository's online Photo Archive Database (Antiquities collection) includes photograph level access to approximately 55% of the collection.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 8 x 10 in.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections Decoration and ornament, Architectural Decoration and ornament, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient -- Italy Sculpture, Ancient -- Turkey Sculpture, Greek Sculpture -- Greece Sculpture, Greek -- Italy, Southern Sculpture, Greek -- Italy -- Sicily Sculpture, Roman Sculpture, Roman -- Italy Arch of Constantine (Rome, Italy) Ara Pacis (Rome, Italy) Trajan's Column (Rome, Italy) Greece -- Antiquities Italy -- Antiquities Turkey -- Antiquities Morgantina (Extinct city) Poggio Civitate Site (Italy) Cosa (Extinct city)
  • Contributors: Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973. Bini, Barbara. Frantz, Alison. Koch, Guntram. Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973. Gordon, Eugene. Serafis, Emile.
  • LC Call Number: NA3330
  • ID/Accession Number: 1382-091
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 83603188
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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