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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 inscriptions
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.4
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 5.2 linear feet (25 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 photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient inscriptions, predominently Greek and Roman, with Athenian inscriptions constituting the largest portion of the collection.
    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 55% 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 photographs of ancient inscriptions, predominently Greek and Roman, with Athenian inscriptions constituting the largest portion of the collection. The majority of these modern prints were acquired from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; sources for the remainder include commercial vendors such as Alinari, Photographie Giraudon, Barbara Bini, Guntram Koch, the Antonio Giuliano collection in the Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (Rome), and Roberto Sigismondi; the two major sources for prints of inscriptions from the western part of the Roman Empire are the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg and the Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln. The collection also contains a few images transferred from the repository's Giovanni Becatti archive.


    Arranged by language/culture, then by medium, then by catalog number or location.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Topics

    Inscriptions, Ancient
    Inscriptions, Greek
    Inscriptions, Greek--Greece--Athens
    Inscriptions, Latin

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints


    American School of Classical Studies at Athens
    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
    Bildarchiv Foto Marburg
    Bini, Barbara
    Getty Research Institute
    Giuliano, Antonio
    Koch, Guntram
    Rheinisches Bildarchiv
    Sigismondi, Roberto