A collection of modern photographs of Greek and Roman vases assembled by the Getty Research Institute. Photographs of Attic
black- and red-figured vases attributed to particular vase-painters by J. D. Beazley comprise the largest component of the
collection. Coverage of South Italian red-figured vases is also significant. Coverage of other ancient vase-painting styles
(including Corinthian, Lakonian, Etruscan, Boeotian, and East Greek examples) is less complete.
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.
96.1 linear feet
Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s). For further information, contact
Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers. For further information, consult the
Guide to the Photo Archive and Database.