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Early Photography in Greece and the Mediterranean

Photographs of ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture from 19th- and early 20th-century photographers, presented with an overview, bibliography, and photographers' biographies.

Created 1997, updated 2006, with minor edits in 2010
Authors: Claire Lyons, Collections Curator and Beth Ann Guynn, Special Collections Cataloger

Introduction

Early Photography in Greece and the Mediterranean details over 560 19th- and early-20th-century photographs of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Focusing on Greece, Asia Minor, the Aegean islands, Cyprus, South Italy, and Sicily, the majority of the photographs depict Athens, particularly the Athenian Acropolis. Also represented are ancient monuments located elsewhere in Athens, selected site views in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean, and ancient sculpture. Most of these images belong to the Getty Library's Gary Edwards collection of photographs of Greece, while other photographs belong to various smaller collections held by the library.

Photographer unknown, Acropolis, Athens, ca. 1865, albumen print, The Getty Research Institute (92.R.84) View Full Record

 

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The digitized collection is available in the Library Catalog. Use keywords for monuments such as Acropolis or Parthenon, or geographical locations such as Mycenae

 

 


banner: Theater of Dionysos, Athens, ca. 1860. Gary Edwards collection of photographs of Greece, The Getty Research Institute (92.R.84) View Full Record