PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT MURAL PAINTING
Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison
Title: Study photographs of ancient mural painting
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Getty Research Institute
13.8 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
A collection of modern photographs of ancient wall paintings, both in situ and detached, assembled by the Getty Research Institute.
The collection's concentration is on works of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman periods, 6th century BC-6th century AD.
Language: Collection material is in
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
Photo Archive Database
includes photograph level access to approximately 46% of the photographs in this collection.
Finding aid created in 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
An assembled collection of modern photographs of ancient wall paintings, both in situ and detached. The collection's concentration
is on works of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman periods, 6th century BC-6th century AD Photographic coverage is most complete
for Greece and Italy, with notable strength in documentation of Etruscan tomb paintings (in Tarquinia and Chiusi in particular)
and of mural paintings in Pompeii. The collection also includes photographs of ancient mural paintings from other countries,
including Germany, Hungary, Libya, Syria, and Turkey.
The collection includes photographs from different sources, chiefly commercial vendors and photographers, as well as the archives
of scholars and research institutions. Among the commercial vendors and photographers are Alinari (including the Anderson
and Brogi archives), Bulloz, Chauffourier, Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln Photographie Giraudon, Hirmer
Verlag, Alison Frantz, John Ross, Guntram Koch, Emile Serafis, Giorgio Sommer, and Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (Rome),
including the Antonio Giuliano collection.
Institutional archives from which the collection holds images are the Fototeca unione at the American Academy in Rome and
the Deutsches Archäologisches Institute (DAI), Rome. Scholarly sources include the repository's Giovanni Becatti archives.
Arranged geographically, by modern country, ancient city, site, and monument.
Subjects - Names
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
Subjects - Topics
Mural painting and decoration, Ancient
Mural painting and decoration, Etruscan
Mural painting and decoration, Greek
Mural painting and decoration, Roman
Genres and Forms of Material
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
Getty Research Institute
Sommer, Giorgio, 1834-1914
Study photographs of ancient mural painting
Asisium, Boscoreale, Boscotrecase
Caere, Capua, Chiusi, Cumae, Fondo Bottaro, Gela
Lunghezza, Oplontis, Orvieto
Libya, Syria, Turkey, Yugoslavia