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PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT VASES
76.P.18  
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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 vases
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.18
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 96.1 linear feet (456 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 of Greek and Roman vases assembled by the Getty Research Institute. Photographs of Attic black- and red-figured vases attributed to particular vase-painters by J. D. Beazley comprise the largest component of the collection. Coverage of South Italian red-figured vases is also significant. Coverage of other ancient vase-painting styles (including Corinthian, Lakonian, Etruscan, Boeotian, and East Greek examples) is less complete.
    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 71% 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 Greek and Roman vases. Photographs of Attic black- and red-figured vases attributed to particular vase-painters by J. D. Beazley comprise the largest component of the collection. Coverage of South Italian red-figured vases is also significant. Coverage of other ancient vase-painting styles (including Corinthian, Lakonian, Etruscan, Boeotian, and East Greek examples) is less complete. The collection is particularly strong in its documentation of ancient vases in American museums, as well as of significant collections in Europe.
    The collection contains photographs from numerous sources including commercial vendors and photographers, museum collections, auction houses, research institutions' archives, excavation campaigns, scholars' archives and collections, and photographic projects sponsored by the Getty Research Institute. One such project documents the major portion of the Attic black-figured olpai and oinochoai in the Hermitage Museum and includes limited coverage of other Attic figured vases in the Hermitage. These vases are represented in circa 720 Cibachrome prints made from photographs taken by Andrew Clark.
    Another Institute-sponsored campaign, begun in 1986 and carried out by Barbara Bini under the direction of Gloria Ferrari Pinney, documents the collection of Attic red-figured vases of the archaic period in the Museo archeologico nazionale di Tarquinia (circa 450 photographs). The Amasis Painter Exhibition Photo Project (circa 500 photographs) contributed original photographs of vases in the 1985-86 exhibition, The Amasis Painter and his world, as well as copy prints from various sources provided by Dietrich von Bothmer, of related vases used as comparanda in the exhibition catalog. (There are also 13 preparatory sketches for the catalog.)
    Significant scholarly archives acquired by the repository and dispersed into this collection include those of Giovanni Becatti, Ludwig Goldscheider, and Kyle M. Phillips, as well as a study collection acquired from the Dept. of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles. The collection contains copy prints from A. D. Trendall as well as from research institutions, among them the Beazley Archive at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University; and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
    The most important commercial sources include Alinari (together with the Anderson and Brogi archives), Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Bulloz, Christie's, Photographie Giraudon, Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (Rome), Hirmer Verlag, Réunion des musées nationaux, Sotheby's, Max Hutzel, Barbara Bini, and Emile Serafis.

    Arrangement

    Black- and red-figured Attic vases are arranged according to the system established by J. D. Beazley in his publications, and (second edition). Attic black- and red-figured vases not attributed to a particular artist by Beazley are arranged alphabetically by shape, then location (city, museum).
    South Italian red-figured vases arranged by names of vase painters established by A. D. Trendall in publications on this vase type.
    All other vases, figured or not, arranged chronologically, by culture, by style, then location (city, museum).

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Amasis, 6th century BC
    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
    Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections
    Phillips, Kyle Meredith -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Classics -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Topics

    Vases, Ancient
    Vases, Ancient--Europe
    Vases, Ancient--United States
    Vases, Black-figured
    Vases, Etruscan
    Vases, Greek
    Vases, Red-figured
    Vases--Italy, Southern

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Ink drawings
    Negatives
    Photographic prints

    Contributors

    Beazley, J.D., (John Davidson), 1885-1970
    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
    Bini, Barbara
    Clark, Andrew J., 1949-
    Ferrari, Gloria, 1941-
    Getty Research Institute
    Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
    Gosudarstvennyĭ Ėrmitazh (Russia)
    Hutzel, Max
    Phillips, Kyle Meredith
    Serafis, Emile
    Trendall, A.D., (Arthur Dale), 1909-
    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Classics
    Von Bothmer, Dietrich, 1918-