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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 mural painting
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.16
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 13.8 linear feet (66 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 of ancient wall paintings, both in situ and detached, assembled by the Getty Research Institute. The collection's concentration is on works of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman periods, 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 46% 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 wall paintings, both in situ and detached. The collection's concentration is on works of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman periods, 6th century BC-6th century AD Photographic coverage is most complete for Greece and Italy, with notable strength in documentation of Etruscan tomb paintings (in Tarquinia and Chiusi in particular) and of mural paintings in Pompeii. The collection also includes photographs of ancient mural paintings from other countries, including Germany, Hungary, Libya, Syria, and Turkey.
    The collection includes photographs from different sources, chiefly commercial vendors and photographers, as well as the archives of scholars and research institutions. Among the commercial vendors and photographers are Alinari (including the Anderson and Brogi archives), Bulloz, Chauffourier, Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln Photographie Giraudon, Hirmer Verlag, Alison Frantz, John Ross, Guntram Koch, Emile Serafis, Giorgio Sommer, and Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (Rome), including the Antonio Giuliano collection.
    Institutional archives from which the collection holds images are the Fototeca unione at the American Academy in Rome and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institute (DAI), Rome. Scholarly sources include the repository's Giovanni Becatti archives.


    Arranged geographically, by modern country, ancient city, site, and monument.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Topics

    Mural painting and decoration, Ancient
    Mural painting and decoration, Etruscan
    Mural painting and decoration, Greek
    Mural painting and decoration, Roman

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints


    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
    Frantz, Alison
    Getty Research Institute
    Giuliano, Antonio
    Koch, Guntram
    Ross, John
    Serafis, Emile
    Sommer, Giorgio, 1834-1914