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PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT MINOR ARTS OBJECTS
76.P.17  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Study photographs of ancient minor arts objects
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.17
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 36.4 linear feet (174 boxes)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient works of the minor arts, chiefly from the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century 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.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    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.

    Other Finding Aids

    The Photo Archive Database  includes photograph level access to approximately 44% of the photographs in this collection.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers. For further information, consult the Guide to the Photo Archive and Database .

    Publication Rights

    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s). For further information, contact Library Reproductions and Permissions .

    Processing History

    Finding aid created in 2009.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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 century BC-6th century 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.

    Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by object type, form, culture, and location (city, museum).

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
    Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections
    Tassie, James, 1735-1799

    Subjects - Topics

    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

    Subjects - Places

    Poggio Civitate Site (Italy)

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints

    Contributors

    American School of Classical Studies at Athens
    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
    Bini, Barbara
    Frantz, Alison
    Getty Research Institute
    Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
    Hutzel, Max
    Serafis, Emile
    Victoria and Albert Museum