PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT ARCHITECTURAL SCULPTURE

Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison


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


Container List

 

Study photographs of ancient architectural sculpture

Box 1

Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria

Box 2

Egypt

Box 3

England, France

Box 4-5

Germany

Box 6-58

Greece

Box 6-7

Aegina

Box 8

Argive Heraion

Box 9-

Athens

Box 9

Monument of Lysikrates

Box 9

Stoa of Zeus

Box 9-32

Temples

Box 9

Acropolis temples A-C

Box 10-12

Erechtheion

Box 12

Monopteros

Box 12

Old Athena temple

Box 12

Old temple of Dionysos

Box 13

Hekatompedon

Box 14-30

Parthenon

Box 14

Models, modern representations

Box 15-23

Frieze

Box 24-26

Metopes

Box 27-30

Pediments

Box 31

Shrine of Apollo Pythios

Box 31

Shrine of Eros and Aphrodite

Box 31

Temple of Ares

Box 31

Temple of Aphrodite Agroteria

Box 31

Temple of Hephaistos

Box 31

Temple of Roma and Augustus

Box 32

Temple of Athena Nike

Box 33

Theaters

Box 34-37

Unidentified

Box 38

Bassae, Chios, Corinth

Box 39

Delos

Box 39-41

Delphi

Box 42

Eleusis

Box 43

Epidauros, Eretria

Box 44

Ikaria, Kalydon, Kerkyra, Knossos, Kos, Lamia, Mycenae

Box 44-54

Olympia

Box 55

Orchomenos, Philippi, Prinias, Rhodes, Sounion, Sparta, Tegea

Box 56

Thasos, Thermon

Box 57-58

Thessalonike

Box 58

Iran, Iraq

Box 59-130

Italy

Box 59

Acquarossa, Adrano, Akragas, Akrai, Alba Fucens, Alba Longa, Antemnae, Aquileia, Aricia, Arretium

Box 60

Beneventum, Bolsena

Box 60-61

Caere

Box 61

Camarina, Capua, Cava de Tirreni, Cereatae Marianae, Civita Alba, Cumae

Box 62

Cosa

Box 63-64

Falerii Veteres

Box 65

Foce del Sele, Formiae, Frascati, Francavilla Marittima

Box 66

Gela, Grottaferrata, Herculaneum, Himera, Kallipolis, Kroton, Lanuvium, Lavinium

Box 67

Lokroi Epizephyrioi, Luna, Metaponto, Mevania, Misenum

Box 68

Monte Porzio Catone, Morgantina

Box 69

Murlo

Box 70

Narce, Naxos, Oriculum, Ostia, Paestum

Box 71

Perusia, Pisae, Pompeii

Box 72

Praeneste, Puteoli, Pyrgi, Rhegion

Box 73-121

Rome

Box 73-81

Altars

Box 73-80

Ara Pacis Augustae

Box 81

Ara Pietatis Augustae

Box 81

Ara Vicomagistri

Box 82-93

Arches

Box 91

Arch of Claudius

Box 82-90

Arch of Constantine

Box 91

Arch of Diocletian, Arch of Hadrian, Arch of Marcus Aurelius

Box 92

Arch of Septimius Severus

Box 93

Arch of Titus, Arco di Portogallo, Arcus Argentariorum

Box 94

Basilicas, baths

Box 94-113

Columns

Box 94

Column of Antoninus Pius, Column of G. Duilius

Box 95-99

Column of Marcus Aurelius

Box 100-113

Column of Trajan

Box 114-115

Fora

Box 116

Fountains and nymphaea

Box 116

Monuments

Box 117

Temples

Box 118

Theaters

Box 118

Tombs

Box 119-121

Architectural elements

Box 122

Roselle, San Biago, Satricum

Box 123-125

Selinus

Box 126

Sybaris, Syracuse, Tarentum, Tarquinia, Telemon, Tibur, Todi, Tuscana

Box 127

Veii

Box 128

Velitrae, Venice, Vibo Valentia, Volsinii Veteres (Orvieto), Vulci

Box 129-130

Unidentified sites

Box 131

Lebanon

Box 131-133

Libya

Box 134

Romania

Box 135

Syria

Box 136

Tunisia

Box 137-154

Turkey

Box 137

Aezani, Antioch, Assos, Attaleia

Box 138-139

Aphrodisias

Box 140

Balat, Belevi

Box 140-141

Constantinople

Box 140

Didyma, Diocaesarea

Box 142-144

Ephesos

Box 145

Euromos, Halikarnassos, Hierapolis

Box 146

Hieropolis Castabala, Ilion, Isaura Vetus, Knidos, Kyzikos, Labraunda

Box 147

Lagina, Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Magnesia ad Sipylum, Miletos

Box 148

Myous, Myrina, Nicaea, Nysa

Box 148-149

Pergamon

Box 150

Perge, Priene, Sagalassos, Seleucia ad Calycadnum, Seleucia Pieria

Box 151

Side

Box 152

Smintheion, Smyrna, Stratonikea, Synnada, Teos

Box 153

Termessos, Xanthos

Box 154

Unidentified sites

Box 155

Yugoslavia

Box 156

Sculpture from unattributed sites held by US museums

Box 157-158

Unclassified photographs

Box 159*

Oversize photographs