PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT SARCOPHAGI
Finding aid prepared by Charlie Rossow and Ann Harrison
Title: Study photographs of ancient sarcophagi
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Getty Research Institute
27.4 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 sarcophagi with relief sculptural
decoration, with concentration on examples from the Greek and Roman periods.
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 30% of the photographs in this collection.
Finding aid created in 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
An assembled collection of modern photographs of ancient sarcophagi with relief sculptural decoration, with concentration
on examples from the Greek and Roman periods. Coverage of sarcophagi from museums in the following cities is notable: Adana,
Ankara, Antakya, Antalya, Aphrodisias, Arles, Athens, Baltimore, Beirut, Boston, Bursa, Cambridge (Mass.), Cava de' Tirreni,
Copenhagen, Cyrene, Damascus, Ephesus, Istanbul, Izmir, Iznik, Konya, Malibu, New York, Ostia, Pamukkale, Paris, Pisa, Rome,
Salerno, Salona, Thessalonika, San Simeon, Side, Split, Termessos, Tyre, and Vatican City.
The collection contains photographs from a variety of sources, including commercial vendors and photographers and research
institutions' and scholars' archives. Principal commercial sources include Alinari (with the Anderson and Brogi archives),
Bulloz, Photographie Giraudon, Hirmer Verlag, Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (Rome), Barbara
Bini, John Ross, and Roberto Sigismondi. Research institutions' archives from which copy prints were acquired include the
Centre Camille Jullian and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Rome). Copy prints of early 20th century stereographs were
acquired from the California Museum of Photography, Riverside. In addition, the collection contains photographs acquired from
scholar Ludwig Goldscheider, and a significant number of images derive from photodocumentation projects carried out by Guntram
Koch, a specialist in the study of Roman sarcophagi.
Arranged by material, then alphabetically by location (city, museum).
Subjects - Names
Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections
Subjects - Topics
Relief (Sculpture), Ancient
Relief (Sculpture), Greek
Relief (Sculpture), Roman
Genres and Forms of Material
Getty Research Institute
Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
Study photographs of ancient sarcophagi
San Simeon, Hearst Castle