A collection of modern photographs of ancient portrait sculpture, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, assembled
by the Getty Research Institute. The collection's focus is on famous ancient persons, including Greek philosophers and statesmen,
Hellenistic rulers, Roman Republican statesmen, and Roman emperors and empresses.
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.
34.7 linear feet
Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s). For further information, contact
Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers. For further information, consult the
Guide to the Photo Archive and Database.