PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT RELIEF SCULPTURE
Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison
Title: Study photographs of ancient relief sculpture
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Getty Research Institute
27.6 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient sculpture in relief, concentrating
on the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (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 21% of the photographs in this collection.
Finding aid created in 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
An assembled collection of modern photographs of ancient sculpture in relief, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods,
Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). While photographic coverage of ancient Etruscan,
Greek, and Roman relief sculpture is the most complete, the collection also includes reliefs from other cultures, including
prehistoric Cypriot, Helladic and Minoan, Assyrian, Celtic, Celto-Ligurian, Egypto-Roman, Gallo-Roman, Siceliote, Romano-German,
and Romano-Syrian. The majority of the images are of reliefs in marble or stone, but examples in bone, ivory, metal, and wood
are also included. The collection contains photographs from a variety of sources, including commercial vendors and photographers,
research institutions' archives, museum and auction house files, and scholars' archives. Among the commercial vendors and
photographers, the most important sources are Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives), Bildarchiv Foto Marburg,
Bulloz, Photographie Giraudon, Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (Rome), Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, Hirmer Verlag, Barbara
Bini, John Ross, and Emile Serafis. Research institution archives from which the collection holds copy prints include the
Fototeca unione at the American Academy, Rome; Centre Camille Jullian; Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Athens and
Rome; American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Arrangement is by culture; further arranged by medium, form and location.
Subjects - Topics
Relief (Sculpture), Ancient
Relief (Sculpture), Etruscan
Relief (Sculpture), Greek
Relief (Sculpture), Roman
Genres and Forms of Material
Getty Research Institute
Study photographs of ancient relief sculpture
Copies of Greek originals
Achaemenid, Assyrian, Celtic, Cypriot, Gallo-Roman, Italic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Punic, Romano-German