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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Study photographs of ancient relief sculpture
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.10
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 27.6 linear feet (132 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient sculpture in relief, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD).
    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 21% of the photographs in this collection.

    Administrative Information


    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 modern photographs of ancient sculpture in relief, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). While photographic coverage of ancient Etruscan, Greek, and Roman relief sculpture is the most complete, the collection also includes reliefs from other cultures, including prehistoric Cypriot, Helladic and Minoan, Assyrian, Celtic, Celto-Ligurian, Egypto-Roman, Gallo-Roman, Siceliote, Romano-German, and Romano-Syrian. The majority of the images are of reliefs in marble or stone, but examples in bone, ivory, metal, and wood are also included. The collection contains photographs from a variety of sources, including commercial vendors and photographers, research institutions' archives, museum and auction house files, and scholars' archives. Among the commercial vendors and photographers, the most important sources are Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives), Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Bulloz, Photographie Giraudon, Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (Rome), Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, Hirmer Verlag, Barbara Bini, John Ross, and Emile Serafis. Research institution archives from which the collection holds copy prints include the Fototeca unione at the American Academy, Rome; Centre Camille Jullian; Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Athens and Rome; American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


    Arrangement is by culture; further arranged by medium, form and location.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Relief (Sculpture), Ancient
    Relief (Sculpture), Etruscan
    Relief (Sculpture), Greek
    Relief (Sculpture), Roman

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints


    Bini, Barbara
    Getty Research Institute
    Ross, John
    Serafis, Emile