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PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF MUSEUM DISPLAYS OF ANCIENT ART
76.P.2  
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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 museum displays of ancient art
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.2
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet (24 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 photographs of Greek and Roman art in museum galleries and displays assembled by the Getty Research Institute. 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.
    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 13% 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 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).

    Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by name of city and museum.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Ethnikon Archaiologikon Mouseion (Greece)
    Galleria degli Uffizi
    J. Paul Getty Museum
    Mostra augustea della romanità (1937-1938: Rome, Italy).
    Mouseio Akropolēs
    Museo nazionale di Napoli

    Subjects - Topics

    Archaeological museums and collections
    Archaeological museums and collections--Italy--Rome
    Archaeological museums and collections--Vatican City
    Art, Greek
    Art, Roman

    Subjects - Places

    Agora (Athens, Greece)

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints

    Contributors

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
    Getty Research Institute
    Hutzel, Max
    Koch, Guntram
    Neuerburg, Norman
    Sigismondi, Roberto