PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT MINOR ARTS OBJECTS

Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison


Descriptive Summary

Title: Study photographs of ancient minor arts objects
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Number: 76.P.17
Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
Physical Description: 36.4 linear feet (174 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 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 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 44% 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 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.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by object type, form, culture, and location (city, museum).

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections
Tassie, James, 1735-1799

Subjects - Topics

Armor, Ancient
Athletics--Equipment and supplies
Decoration and ornament, Ancient
Furniture, Ancient
Gems, Ancient
Implements, utensils, etc.
Jewelry, Ancient
Lamps, Ancient
Masks
Mirrors
Models (Clay, plaster, etc.)
Musical instruments, Ancient
Seals (Numismatics)
Textile fabrics, Ancient
Toys
Votive offerings
Weapons, Ancient
Weights and measures, Ancient

Subjects - Places

Poggio Civitate Site (Italy)

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographic prints

Contributors

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
Bini, Barbara
Frantz, Alison
Getty Research Institute
Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
Hutzel, Max
Serafis, Emile
Victoria and Albert Museum


Container List

 

Study photographs of ancient minor arts objects

Box 1-10

Arms and armor

Box 11

Athletic equipment

Box 12-24

Furniture

Box 25-77

Jewelry

Box 25

Amulets

Box 25-26

Beads

Box 27

Belts

Box 28-29

Bracelets

Box 30

Brooches, buckles

Box 27

Chains, clasps

Box 31-32

Diadems

Box 33-37

Earrings

Box 38-39

Fibulae

Box 40-

Gems

Box 40

Cameo

Box 41-48

Intaglio

Box 49-50

Various

Box 51-60

Tassie Gem Collection

Scope and Content Note

Documentation of collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Box 61

Hair nets and spirals

Box 62

Medallions, mouthpiece

Box 63-66

Necklaces

Box 62

Pectorals

Box 67-69

Pendants

Box 70

Pins

Box 71-76

Rings

Box 77

Group photographs

Box 78-87

Lamps

Box 88-109

Miscellaneous

Box 88-89

Masks

Box 90-97

Mirrors

Box 98

Models

Box 99

Loomweights

Box 100-103

Ornaments and appliqués

Box 104

Scales and weights

Box 105-106

Seals and stamps

Box 107

Toys

Box 108-109

Votive objects

Box 110

Musical instruments

Box 111-112

Textiles

Box 113-120

Utilitarian objects

Box 113

Clothing, medical instruments

Box 114

Naval equipment, toilet articles, tools

Box 115

Kitchen utensils

Box 116

Writing implements

Box 117-120

Miscellaneous

Box 121-173

Vessels

Box 121-137

Bronze

Box 121

Aegean, Cypriot, Egyptian

Box 122-128

Etruscan

Box 129-132

Greek

Box 133-137

Roman

Box 138

Faience

Box 139-154

Glass

Box 155-156

Gold

Box 157-158

Ivory and bone

Box 158

Leather

Box 159-166

Silver

Box 167-172

Stone

Box 173

Wood

Box 174*

Oversize photographs