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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

Calendar

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  • 09/09/2014 - 14/09/2014

    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

    more information

  • 09/09/2014 - 12/09/2014

    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

    more information

 
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  • 09/09/2014 - 14/09/2014

    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

    more information

  • 09/09/2014 - 12/09/2014

    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

    more information

 
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  • 09/09/2014 - 14/09/2014

    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

    more information

  • 09/09/2014 - 12/09/2014

    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

    more information

 
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  • 09/09/2014 - 14/09/2014

    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

    more information

  • 09/09/2014 - 12/09/2014

    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

    more information

 
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  • 09/09/2014 - 14/09/2014

    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

    more information

 
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    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

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Recent projects

  • 22.11.2011

    Serbien, spätantiker Kaiserpalast more

  • 15.09.2011

    Rom, Kaiserpalast more

  • 07.08.2011

    Die Kaiserpaläste auf dem Palatin in Rom more

Completed projects

  • 31.05.2011

    Griechenland, Palairos more

  • 31.05.2011

    Griechenland, Plaghia-Halbinsel-Survey more

  • 31.05.2011

    Greece, Stratos more

Recent publications

  • 26.09.2011

    Wohnen in der klassischen Polis more

  • 25.09.2011

    Diskussionen zur Archäologischen Bauforschung more

  • 25.09.2011

    Peter Behrens, Theodor Wiegand und die Villa in Dahlem 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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