PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT MINOR ARTS OBJECTS
Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison
Title: Study photographs of ancient minor arts objects
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Getty Research Institute
36.4 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 works of the minor arts, chiefly from
the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). Object types include:
arms and armor, athletic equipment, furniture, jewelry, lamps, loomweights, masks, mirrors, models, molds, musical instruments,
ornaments and appliqués, scales and weights, seals and stamps, textiles, toys, utilitarian objects, vessels, and votive objects.
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 44% of the photographs in this collection.
Finding aid created in 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
An assembled collection of modern photographs of ancient works of the minor arts, chiefly from the Greek and Roman periods,
Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). Object types include: arms and armor, athletic
equipment, furniture, jewelry, lamps, loomweights, masks, mirrors, models, molds, musical instruments, ornaments and appliqués,
scales and weights, seals and stamps, textiles, toys, utilitarian objects, vessels, and votive objects.
The collection contains photographs from numerous sources, including commercial vendors and photographers, museum collections,
auction houses, research institutions' archives, and scholars' archives and collections. Of particular importance are the
photographs reproducing the contents of the James Tassie collection of casts of ancient gems at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
One of the few sets of photographs documenting this collection, this corpus is important for the study of ancient gems, the
history of gem collecting, iconographic sources of neoclassical images, and the formation of 18th century taste.
Significant scholars' archives contained in the collection include those of Giovanni Becatti and Ludwig Goldscheider. In addition,
the collection contains selected prints of objects found in excavations carried out by Bryn Mawr College at Murlo, Italy;
other photos were acquired from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Among commercial vendors and photographers,
the most important sources are Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives), Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Bulloz, Christie's,
Photographie Giraudon, Hirmer Verlag, Sotheby's, Max Hutzel, Barbara Bini, Alison Frantz, and Emile Serafis.
Arranged alphabetically by object type, form, culture, and location (city, museum).
Subjects - Names
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections
Tassie, James, 1735-1799
Subjects - Topics
Athletics--Equipment and supplies
Decoration and ornament, Ancient
Implements, utensils, etc.
Models (Clay, plaster, etc.)
Musical instruments, Ancient
Textile fabrics, Ancient
Weights and measures, Ancient
Subjects - Places
Poggio Civitate Site (Italy)
Genres and Forms of Material
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
Getty Research Institute
Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
Victoria and Albert Museum
Study photographs of ancient minor arts objects
Tassie Gem Collection
Scope and Content Note
Documentation of collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Clothing, medical instruments
Naval equipment, toilet articles, tools
Aegean, Cypriot, Egyptian