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Photo library

German Archaeological Institute
Rome Department
Via Curtatone, 4 d
00185 Roma

History

The Institute's collection of photographs dates back to the invention of photography. After the death of Walther Amelung (1927), the Institute inherited the collection that he had acquired for his own research purposes. From 1928 onwards, his successor, Ludwig Curtius, proceeded to systematically organize and expand the photo archive, thus giving it its current form. In the early 1930s, the Institute acquired a laboratory and established the post of an in-house photographer. As a result, the collection has grown considerably and extensive photo campaigns have given it varying foci. Today the Roman photo archive is a unique research tool in archaeology.

Inventory and Focus

The photo archive consists of ca. 280,000 black-and-white photographs; for about 200,000 of these negatives are available. The collection is arranged according to the main categories within classical archaeological research:

Ideal sculpture (deities; mythological figures; non-mythological statues; animals; mythical creatures/chimeras)
Portrait sculpture (Greek; Etruscan-Italic; Roman)
Sarcophagi (Greek; Etruscan; Republican-Early Imperial; Imperial; Christian)
Reliefs (Greek; Greek/South Italian; Etruscan; Roman)
Architectural sculpture (Greece; Magna Graecia; Italy; support figures; theatre decorations; architectural elements; historic reliefs)
Inscriptions (Greek; Latin)
Stucco (Etruscan; Roman)
Fresco painting (Etruscan; Italic/South Italian; Pompeian; Roman)
Mosaics (focus on: Italy; Roman provinces)
Topography (Greece; Italy; selected Roman provinces)
Vases (Proto-geometric; Geometric; Proto-Corinthian; Corinthian; Eastern Greek; Western Greek; Lakonian; Chalcidian; Boeotian; Attic; Italic-Etruscan; South Italian; Hellenistic; Roman)
Terracotta (focus on Italy: figurative, architectural)
Bronze (statuettes; mirrors; arms; devices; vessels)
Minor arts (glass; gemstones; prints of intaglios)
Pictures of stone monuments in Italian country towns.

Services

  • Reference photo collection
  • Sale of photographs (no 9 x 13 cm prints)
  • Consultation/advice

Using the archive

Current photo archives.
Scholars of all nationalities have access.
Approximately 266,000 photographs were issued in the form of microfiche editions (Index of Ancient Art and Architecture) and are at the disposal of most university archaeological institutes and university libraries.

Price List and Order Form

Price List
Order Form: online or print

Further Information

Telephone:

39-06-4888141

Fax:
39-06-4884973
E-Mail:
E-Mail (Administration):

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 09am - 1pm

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  • 20/03/2014 - 20/09/2014

    Ausstellung / Exposición Blick Mira!

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  • 01/04/2014 - 04/04/2014

    The Horn of Africa in ancient times: phenomena of interregional contacts

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    The Horn of Africa in ancient times: phenomena of interregional contacts

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    The Horn of Africa in ancient times: phenomena of interregional contacts

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    Lecture: Katja Piesker - Neues vom Göbekli Tepe. Zur Um-Baugeschichte der Anlage C und E

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    Vortragsreihe am Donnerstag: Phönizische-punische Forschungen des CEFyP / ciclo de conferencias: los jueves feniciopúnicos del CEFyP

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    The Horn of Africa in ancient times: phenomena of interregional contacts

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    Kolloquium aus Anlass des 100jährigen Jubiläums der Ausgrabungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts in Athen

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    Kolloquium aus Anlass des 100jährigen Jubiläums der Ausgrabungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts in Athen

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    ΑΙΓΕΙΡΟΣ Vortragsreihe am Deutschen Archäologischen Institut Athen

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    SYRIEN – eine bedrohte Kulturlandschaft

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    SYRIEN – eine bedrohte Kulturlandschaft

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    Griechen, Thraker und Römer in Bulgarien. Die archäologischen und kulturhistorischen Schätze des Landes

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    SYRIEN – eine bedrohte Kulturlandschaft

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Recent projects

  • 24.10.2013

    The language of clothes along the Silk Road: What does their wardrobe speak to us about humans between 1000 BC and 300 AD? more

  • 22.10.2012

    Frühe protourbane Zentren im nordwestpontischen Raum? Untersuchung einer Cucuteni-Tripol´e-zeitlichen Großsiedlung more

  • 07.05.2012

    Siedlungskomplex Orlovka-Kartal und die frühe Kupferzeit im nordwestlichen Schwarzmeer-Gebiet (Ukraine/Republik Moldau) more

Completed projects

  • 06.07.2011

    Russian Federation: Barsuchij Log more

  • 21.06.2011

    Russian Federation: Chicha more

  • 21.06.2011

    Russian Federation: Suchanicha more

Recent publications

  • 01.04.2014

    Athenaia - Band 4 more

  • 31.03.2014

    Athenische Mitteilungen 124, 2009 more

  • 31.03.2014

    Athenische Mitteilungen 125, 2010 more

Contact

The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) is a »scientific corporation« of the Federal Institution under the auspices of the Foreign Office. The staff of the Institute carries out research in the area of archaeology and in related fields and maintains relations with international scholars.
Furthermore, it organizes congresses, colloquia and tours, and informs the public through the media about its work.  

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