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PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT ARCHITECTURAL SCULPTURE
76.P.7  
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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 architectural sculpture
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.7
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 33.2 linear feet (159 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 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 century BC-6th century 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.
    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 55% 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 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 century BC-6th century 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 circa 315 photos and the Ara Pacis Augustae in circa 300 photos. The collection also includes photographs from the repository's Giovanni Becatti and Ludwig Goldscheider archives.

    Arrangement

    Arrangement is geographical, filed alphabetically by name of modern country, then name of ancient city or site, and monument.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
    Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Topics

    Ara Pacis (Rome, Italy)
    Arch of Constantine (Rome, Italy)
    Decoration and ornament, Ancient
    Decoration and ornament, Architectural
    Sculpture, Ancient
    Sculpture, Ancient--Italy
    Sculpture, Ancient--Turkey
    Sculpture, Greek
    Sculpture, Greek--Italy, Southern
    Sculpture, Greek--Italy--Sicily
    Sculpture, Roman
    Sculpture, Roman--Italy
    Trajan's Column (Rome, Italy)

    Subjects - Places

    Cosa (Extinct city)
    Greece--Antiquities
    Italy--Antiquities
    Morgantina (Extinct city)
    Poggio Civitate Site (Italy)
    Turkey--Antiquities

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints

    Contributors

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
    Bini, Barbara
    Frantz, Alison
    Getty Research Institute
    Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
    Gordon, Eugene
    Koch, Guntram
    Serafis, Emile