PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT MOSAICS
Finding aid prepared by Charlie Rossow and Ann Harrison
Title: Study photographs of ancient mosaics
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Getty Research Institute
32.7 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 mosaics, both in situ and removed,
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 50% of the photographs in this collection.
Finding aid created in 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
An assembled collection of modern photographs of ancient mosaics, both in situ and removed, concentrating on the Greek and
Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). Photographic coverage of ancient
sites is most complete for the countries of Greece, Italy, Libya, Tunisia, and Turkey, but the collection also contains photos
of mosaics from other countries, including Algeria, Austria, Cyprus, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Jordan, Lebanon,
Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, and Yugoslavia.
The collection contains photographs from numerous sources including commercial vendors and photographers, research institutions'
archives, excavation campaigns, and scholars' archives and collections. Among the commercial sources, the most important are
Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives); Photographie Giraudon; Gabinetto fotografico nazionale, Rome, including
the Antonio Giuliano collection; Hirmer Verlag; Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln; Scala Art Resource; Barbara Bini; John Ross;
and Emile Serafis.
Some of the research institutions' archives from which the collection holds modern prints are the Fototeca unione at the American
Academy in Rome; Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Athens and Rome; École française d'archéologie d'Athènes; Art Museum,
Princeton University; and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Arrangement is geographical, filed alphabetically by name of modern country, then name of ancient city or site, and monument.
Subjects - Topics
Genres and Forms of Material
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Study photographs of ancient mosaics
Delphi, Dodecanese, Eretia, Isthmia
Olympia, Olynthos, Paros, Patrai, Pella, Piraeus, Rhodes
Ad Saxa Rubra, Aesis, Agrigentum, Alba Longa, Altinum, Antium, Aquileia, Arretium, Asciano, Atina
Canusium, Capranica, Capua, Casal di Statua, Centum Cellae, Ciciliano, Claterna, Comiso, Cora, Cosa, Desenzano del Garda,
Falerii Veteres, Falerio, Forum Julii, Frascati, Fulginia, Hadria
Iguvium, Imola, Ischia di Castro, Kaulonia
Lanuvium, Larinum, Licenza, Lorium
Mediolanum, Messina, Mevania, Minturnae, Montevenere, Morgantina, Motya, Oplontis
Opitergium, Panormos, Perugia, Piacenza, Pisae, Purgi, Risaro
Sant'Angelo in Formis, Sarsina, Sentinum, Stabiae, Sulmo, Tibur, Tor Marancio, Torrenova, Tor Tre Teste, Turris Libysonis,
Tusculum, Urvino Hortense
Apollonia, Homs, Ptolemais
Qasr El-Lebia, Tripoli, Uadi-Ez-Zgaia
Acholla, Althiburus, Ammaedara, Bir Chana, Bir El Caid
Chebba, Cillium, Civitas Siagitana, Curubis, Dar Zmela
El Alia, El Haouria, Elles, Furnos Minus
Kalaa Kebira, Khanguet el Hadjadj, Mactaris, Maxula, Mokenine, Naro, Oued Blibane, Oued Ramel
Sisi Abdallah, Sidi Bou Ali, Smirat, Sufetula, Taparura
Filed by modern city and museum.
Forgeries; Current location unknown