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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 mosaics
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.8
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 32.7 linear feet (156 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 mosaics, both in situ and removed, 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 50% 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 mosaics, both in situ and removed, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). Photographic coverage of ancient sites is most complete for the countries of Greece, Italy, Libya, Tunisia, and Turkey, but the collection also contains photos of mosaics from other countries, including Algeria, Austria, Cyprus, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, and Yugoslavia.
    The collection contains photographs from numerous sources including commercial vendors and photographers, research institutions' archives, excavation campaigns, and scholars' archives and collections. Among the commercial sources, the most important are Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives); Photographie Giraudon; Gabinetto fotografico nazionale, Rome, including the Antonio Giuliano collection; Hirmer Verlag; Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln; Scala Art Resource; Barbara Bini; John Ross; and Emile Serafis.
    Some of the research institutions' archives from which the collection holds modern prints are the Fototeca unione at the American Academy in Rome; Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Athens and Rome; École française d'archéologie d'Athènes; Art Museum, Princeton University; and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


    Arrangement is geographical, filed alphabetically by name of modern country, then name of ancient city or site, and monument.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Mosaics, Ancient
    Mosaics, Ancient--Greece
    Mosaics, Ancient--Italy
    Mosaics, Ancient--Libya
    Mosaics, Ancient--Tunisia
    Mosaics, Ancient--Turkey
    Mosaics, Greek
    Mosaics, Roman

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints


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