Antiquities Collection

Antiquities Collection

by J Paul Getty Museum
     
 

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J. Paul Getty bought his first classical antiquity-a small terracotta sculpture-at auction in London in 1939. Over the next four decades, he became a passionate collector, and in the 1950s he created a trust for "the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge." Building on that early foundation, successive antiquities curators at the Getty Museum have

Overview

J. Paul Getty bought his first classical antiquity-a small terracotta sculpture-at auction in London in 1939. Over the next four decades, he became a passionate collector, and in the 1950s he created a trust for "the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge." Building on that early foundation, successive antiquities curators at the Getty Museum have amassed a collection that now contains more than fifty thousand ancient objects. In lively prose accompanied by a full-color photograph of each object, this handbook of the antiquities collection presents nearly two hundred of the Getty Museum's most important pieces. Spanning thousands of years as far back as the third millennium B.C. through the third century A.D.—the Getty antiquities collection encompasses Cycladic, Greek, Etruscan, South Italian, Roman, and Romano-Egyptian cultures. It includes one of the finest assemblages of ancient Greek vases in the United States; monumental marble sculptures and diminutive bronzes; Greek and Roman gems; and Hellenistic silverware, jewelry, and glass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892366644
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Antiquities Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Gribbon is museum director. Marion True is antiquities curator.

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