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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 sculpture in the round
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.9
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 85.5 linear feet (408 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 the round, 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 43% 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 the round, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). Photographic coverage is most complete for Greek, Etruscan, and Roman sculpture. While documentation of ancient art from American museums and auction houses is particularly strong, the holdings of European museums are also broadly represented. Of particular importance is the extensive coverage of extant marble statues of Archaic Greek girls and youths (korai and kouroi, with circa 500 images of each); holdings of photographs of Etruscan bronze statuettes are strong as well. The collection contains photographs from numerous 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), Bulloz, Photographie Giraudon, Max Hutzel, Hirmer Verlag, Gabinetto fotografico nazionale, Rome, Guntram Koch, Barbara Bini, John Ross, and Emile Serafis. Scholarly photographic archives dispersed into this collection include those of E. H. Richardson (Etruscan votive bronzes), Giovanni Becatti, and Ludwig Goldscheider, as well as a study collection acquired from the Department of Classics, University of California, Los Angeles. Research institutions' archives from which the collection holds copy prints include: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Rome; Archivio fotografico vaticano; and American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


    Arranged by chronological era. The historic era is subdivided by subject into the categories of female figures, male figures, children, body parts, groups, animals and mythological creatures. The arrangement of female and male figures is then further refined into groupings of deities, mythological beings and unidentified people filed by pose.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
    Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973 -- Photograph collections
    Richardson, Emeline Hill -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Classics -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Topics

    Human figure in art
    Sculpture, Ancient
    Sculpture, Etruscan
    Sculpture, Greek
    Sculpture, Roman

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints


    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
    Bini, Barbara
    Getty Research Institute
    Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
    Hutzel, Max
    Koch, Guntram
    Richardson, Emeline Hill
    Ross, John
    Serafis, Emile
    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Classics