PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF MUSEUM DISPLAYS OF ANCIENT ART

Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison


Descriptive Summary

Title: Study photographs of museum displays of ancient art
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Number: 76.P.2
Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet (24 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 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 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 13% 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 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).

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of city and museum.

Indexing Terms

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).
Mouseio Akropolēs
Museo nazionale di Napoli

Subjects - Topics

Archaeological museums and collections
Archaeological museums and collections--Italy--Rome
Archaeological museums and collections--Vatican City
Art, Greek
Art, Roman

Subjects - Places

Agora (Athens, Greece)

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographic prints

Contributors

Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
Getty Research Institute
Hutzel, Max
Koch, Guntram
Neuerburg, Norman
Sigismondi, Roberto


Container List

 

Study photographs of museum displays of ancient art

Box 1

Athens

Box 2-3

Florence

Box 4

Malibu

Box 5-6

Naples

Box 7-18

Rome

Box 7

Antiquarium, Barracco, Borghese, Museo kircheriano, Museo etrusco

Box 8

Capitoline

Box 9-17

Museo delle civiltà romana, Mostra augustea 1937-1938

Box 9

Sala I-IX

Box 10

Sala X-XIX

Box 11

Sala XX-XXIX

Box 12

Sala XXX-XXXIX

Box 13

Sala XL-XLIX

Box 14

Sala L-LIX

Box 15

Sala LX-LXIX

Box 16

Sala LXX-LXXIX

Box 17

Sala LXXX-LXXXII and unidentified rooms

Box 18

Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Farnese, Palazzo Massimi alle Colonne, Terme, Villa Albani, Villa Giulia

Box 19-21

Vatican City

Box 19

Museo Chiaramonti

Box 20-21

General

Box 22-24

Other cities

Box 22

A-N

Box 23

O-R

Box 24

S-Z