PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF MUSEUM DISPLAYS OF ANCIENT ART
Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison
Title: Study photographs of museum displays of ancient art
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Getty Research Institute
5.0 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
A collection of photographs of Greek and Roman art in museum galleries and displays assembled by the Getty Research Institute.
A number of museums are especially well documented, including: the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA; the Museo archeologico
nazionale in Naples; the Acropolis, Agora, and National Archaeological museums in Athens; the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence;
and several major museums in Rome as well as the Vatican Museums.
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 13% of the photographs in this collection.
Finding aid created in 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
An assembled collection of photographs of Greek and Roman art in museum galleries and displays. A number of museums are especially
well documented, including: the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA; the Museo archeologico nazionale in Naples; the Acropolis,
Agora, and National Archaeological museums in Athens; the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence; and several major museums in
Rome as well as the Vatican Museums. Other museums represented in the collection are those in the the cities of Aquileia,
Baltimore, Bologna, Cambridge (MA), Brescia, Cagliari, Capua, Castiglioncello, Delphi, Fiesole, Cività Lavinia, Mantua, Milan,
Montepulciano, New York, Nola, Olympia, Ostia, Oxford, Palermo, Paris, Pisa, Pompeii, Ravenna, Sorrento, Syracuse (Italy),
Taranto, Tarquinia, Thebes, Turin, Trieste, Venice, Verona, and Volterra.
The principal sources for the modern prints in this collection are commercial photographers and vendors, such as Alinari (including
the Anderson and Brogi archives), Photographie Giraudon, Max Hutzel, Guntram Koch, and Roberto Sigismondi. A group of copy
prints reproduces early 20th century stereographic views in the collection of the California Museum of Photography, University
of California, Riverside. Some images moved from other collections in the repository (such as the Giovanni Becatti archive).
Approximately 400 commercial prints from Fratelli Alinari reproduce plaster casts of Roman art and models of Roman architecture
created for the Mostra augustea della romanità, Rome, 1937-38, commemorating the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of the Roman
emperor Augustus. The exhibition catalog, Mostra augustea della romanità: catalogo (Roma, 1938), provides a descriptive inventory
to the photographs, which are arranged according to the room (sala) number of the original exhibition. A group of color photos
assembled by Norman Neuerburg comprises 45 prints documenting architectural details of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA,
and 52 that show the ancient inspirations for those details on Roman structures in southern Italy. The photographs compliment
a collection of Neuerburg documents relating to the construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970-1987, held by the repository's
Special Collections (accn. no. 870517).
Arranged alphabetically by name of city and museum.
Subjects - Names
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Ethnikon Archaiologikon Mouseion (Greece)
Galleria degli Uffizi
J. Paul Getty Museum
Mostra augustea della romanità (1937-1938: Rome, Italy).
Museo nazionale di Napoli
Subjects - Topics
Archaeological museums and collections
Archaeological museums and collections--Italy--Rome
Archaeological museums and collections--Vatican City
Subjects - Places
Agora (Athens, Greece)
Genres and Forms of Material
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
Getty Research Institute
Study photographs of museum displays of ancient art
Antiquarium, Barracco, Borghese, Museo kircheriano, Museo etrusco
Museo delle civiltà romana, Mostra augustea 1937-1938
Sala LXXX-LXXXII and unidentified rooms
Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Farnese, Palazzo Massimi alle Colonne, Terme, Villa Albani, Villa Giulia