PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT ARCHITECTURAL SCULPTURE
Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison
Title: Study photographs of ancient architectural sculpture
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Getty Research Institute
33.2 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 architectural sculpture, mostly detached from
the original location, concentrating on works of the Greek and Roman periods, from the Greek Archaic through the late Roman
Empire (6 century BC-6th century AD). Coverage is most complete for works from sites in Greece and Italy, but the collection
includes images of architectural sculpture from monuments in other countries, including Albania, Algeria, Egypt, England,
France, Germany, Lebanon, Libya, Romania, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yugoslavia.
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 55% of the photographs in this collection.
Finding aid created in 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
An assembled collection of modern photographs of architectural sculpture, mostly detached from the original location, concentrating
on works of the Greek and Roman periods, from the Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6 century BC-6th century AD).
Coverage is most complete for works from sites in Greece and Italy, but the collection includes images of architectural sculpture
from monuments in other countries, including Albania, Algeria, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Lebanon, Libya, Romania, Syria,
Tunisia, Turkey, and Yugoslavia. The cities for which major documentation of monuments exists are Athens and Olympia in Greece;
Rome (particularly the Ara Pacis Augustae, Arch of Constantine, and Column of Trajan) and Selinus in Italy; Aphrodisias and
Ephesus in Turkey.
The collection includes photographs from numerous sources, including commercial vendors and photographers; research institutions'
archives; excavation campaigns; scholars' archives and collections; and photographic campaigns sponsored by the Getty Research
Institute. Among the commercial vendors and photographers, the most important are: Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi
archives), Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Bulloz, Photographie Giraudon, Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (GFN) Rome, Hirmer Verlag,
Barbara Bini, Alison Frantz, Guntram Koch, and Emile Serafis.
Research institutions' archives from which new prints were made include: Fototeca unione at the American Academy in Rome;
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Athens and Rome; and the American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
Excavation campaigns from which the collection holds selected photographs include those of Princeton University at Morgantina
(Sicily); Bryn Mawr College at Murlo (Italy); the American Academy in Rome at Cosa (Italy); and the photographic record made
by Eugene Gordon of excavations at Heracleia Lyncestra (Yugoslavia) and Aquincum (Hungary) as well as his photos of archaeological
remains at Agrigento and Taormina (Sicily) and Aphrodisias, Aspendos, Ephesus, Perge, and Side (Turkey).
Photographic campaigns sponsored by the repository have contributed extensive coverage of three monuments in Rome. The Column
of Trajan is documented in 1,169 photographs, 977 of which show every 30 cm. of the friezes after cleaning and restoration
carried out in the 1980s. The Arch of Constantine is represented in circa 315 photos and the Ara Pacis Augustae in circa 300
photos. The collection also includes photographs from the repository's Giovanni Becatti and Ludwig Goldscheider archives.
Arrangement is geographical, filed alphabetically by name of modern country, then name of ancient city or site, and monument.
Subjects - Names
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections
Subjects - Topics
Ara Pacis (Rome, Italy)
Arch of Constantine (Rome, Italy)
Decoration and ornament, Ancient
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Sculpture, Greek--Italy, Southern
Trajan's Column (Rome, Italy)
Subjects - Places
Cosa (Extinct city)
Morgantina (Extinct city)
Poggio Civitate Site (Italy)
Genres and Forms of Material
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
Getty Research Institute
Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
Study photographs of ancient architectural sculpture
Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria
Models, modern representations
Shrine of Eros and Aphrodite
Temple of Aphrodite Agroteria
Temple of Roma and Augustus
Ikaria, Kalydon, Kerkyra, Knossos, Kos, Lamia, Mycenae
Orchomenos, Philippi, Prinias, Rhodes, Sounion, Sparta, Tegea
Acquarossa, Adrano, Akragas, Akrai, Alba Fucens, Alba Longa, Antemnae, Aquileia, Aricia, Arretium
Camarina, Capua, Cava de Tirreni, Cereatae Marianae, Civita Alba, Cumae
Foce del Sele, Formiae, Frascati, Francavilla Marittima
Gela, Grottaferrata, Herculaneum, Himera, Kallipolis, Kroton, Lanuvium, Lavinium
Lokroi Epizephyrioi, Luna, Metaponto, Mevania, Misenum
Monte Porzio Catone, Morgantina
Narce, Naxos, Oriculum, Ostia, Paestum
Praeneste, Puteoli, Pyrgi, Rhegion
Arch of Diocletian, Arch of Hadrian, Arch of Marcus Aurelius
Arch of Septimius Severus
Arch of Titus, Arco di Portogallo, Arcus Argentariorum
Column of Antoninus Pius, Column of G. Duilius
Column of Marcus Aurelius
Roselle, San Biago, Satricum
Sybaris, Syracuse, Tarentum, Tarquinia, Telemon, Tibur, Todi, Tuscana
Velitrae, Venice, Vibo Valentia, Volsinii Veteres (Orvieto), Vulci
Aezani, Antioch, Assos, Attaleia
Euromos, Halikarnassos, Hierapolis
Hieropolis Castabala, Ilion, Isaura Vetus, Knidos, Kyzikos, Labraunda
Lagina, Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Magnesia ad Sipylum, Miletos
Myous, Myrina, Nicaea, Nysa
Perge, Priene, Sagalassos, Seleucia ad Calycadnum, Seleucia Pieria
Smintheion, Smyrna, Stratonikea, Synnada, Teos
Sculpture from unattributed sites held by US museums