Getty Research Institute

Digitization Projects

Selected Digitization Projects completed between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014

Archives and Manuscripts

  • Jean Joseph Marie Amiot (French, 1718–1793)
    Jean Joseph Marie Amiot letter to Claude-François Attiret regarding Jean-Denis Attiret, 1769 March 1
    Father Joseph Amiot wrote this 64-page letter to inform Claude-François Attiret of the death of his cousin, the French Jesuit painter Jean-Denis Attiret, in 1768. Amiot describes Attiret's life in China in detail with particular attention to his artistic commissions for the Qianlong emperor. Although addressed to Attiret's cousin in France, the letter was intended for a larger audience interested in the Jesuits' work in China and was to be published in the Jesuit-sponsored publication Les lettres édifiantes et curieuses, issued between 1702 and 1776.
  • Artisan's recipe book for dyeing wool, ca. 1680, and other papers, 1653–1762
    This German recipe book, arranged alphabetically by the names of the colors, features large calligraphic initials in each section and various watercolor devices and drawings. The first part of the volume contains recipes for making gray, blue, yellow, orange, red, purple, brown, and black dyes, with samples of dyed raw wool affixed with red sealing wax. The second and third parts of the volume contain recipes for dyeing felt and woven wool cloth, also with samples. The manual was probably used in a shop that produced and sold heavy woolen cloth for cloaks and overcoats. Also included is a recipe for making black ink that will not fade and instructions for playing the lute with accompanying musical scores.
  • C. R. (Charles Robert) Ashbee (British, 1863–1942)
    Report by Mr. C. R. Ashbee on the arts and crafts of Jerusalem and district, 1918
    An unpublished bound typescript with manuscript annotations that consists of 105 pages of text on foolscap, including an introduction, appendix, and index. The illustrations include 4 drawings and 91 original photographs by Ashbee. The text details existing arts and crafts throughout Jerusalem and surrounding districts, followed by an account of the city's modern changes and its schools and religious organizations where the crafts are taught. Other topics include agriculture in relation to crafts; national costume; and a plan for a central civic school that would coordinate with civic services in the areas of historic monuments, scientific archeology, the civic museum, health services, prison management and the labor bureau.
  • Simon Claude Constant-Dufeux (French, 1801–1871)
    Record drawings of ancient monuments, 1825–1833
    A record of travels in Italy and Greece with an emphasis on archaeological sites, especially ancient funerary architecture. Several Etruscan tombs, a Pompeian tomb, and the Tomb of Theron at Agrigento are recorded and reconstructed. Also included are measured drawings of the Etruscan gate at Perugia and several prehistoric architectural monuments as well as relatively unconventional forms of the classical orders, such as the early Greek Doric at Paestum and the late Roman Doric at Cori, both in Italy. The album contains a few drawings of a medieval church, a Venetian palace, and some better-known classical monuments such as the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, but it is largely a record of unusual details (generally unpublished at the time) that the architect is likely to have employed in his influential teaching on symbolism in architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts.
  • Hans Hanberg (German, active 1568–1598)
    Handbook with sketches, 1570–ca. 1598
    The book of notes and sketches by the artist Hans Hanberg of Cologne contains entries from 1574 to 1598, providing unique insight into the life and practice of a journeyman artist in late 16th-century Germany. Its contents include satirical, figural, allegorical, technical, and armorial sketches, as well as recipes and instructions for artistic techniques such as the preparation of color pigments, the making of marbled paper, how to pour plaster casts, and how to tint glass and porcelain. The notebook also contains designs for calligraphic and cryptographic alphabets, a detailed catalog of the artist's library, and financial and travel accounts, apparently for a tapestry and silk embroidery business Hanberg conducted with his wife.
  • Muhammad ibn Sulaymān Jazūlī (Moroccan, d. 1465)
    Dalā'il al- khayrāt (Guides to bliss), 1700s
    This eighteenth-century illuminated copy of the Dalā'il al- khayrāt, an Islamic book of prayers composed of blessings and prayers for everyday life and in particular for the pilgrimage to Mecca, was most probably produced in Ottoman Turkey. Composed of selections (suras) from the Qur'an and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad, the book features two drawings on gold ground depicting the holy sites of Mecca and Medina.
  • Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944)
    Wassily Kandinsky papers, 1911–1940 (bulk 1921–1937)
    The papers consist of nearly 280 items (on about 470 leaves) that document Kandinsky's teachings at the Bauhaus, his writings, his involvement with the Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences (RAKhN) in Moscow, and his professional contacts with art dealers, artists, collectors, and publishers.
  • Liber Amicorum of Johann Joachim Prack von Asch, 1587–1612
    This late 16th- and early 17th-century liber amicorum, or friendship book, belonged to Johann Joachim Prack von Asch from Lüttach in Tyrol, most likely a diplomatic attaché from Vienna assigned to the Ottoman court in Constantinople under the directorship of Dr. Barthlmä Pezzen, who inscribed his autograph alongside his emblazoned arms in Prack's album. The entries span from 1587 to 1612 and were mainly penned in Istanbul but also in other regions traversed by Prack during his diplomatic travels, including Cologne, Düsseldorf, Jülich, Prague, Vienna, and Würzburg. Included is a record of Prack's excursion to the fortress in Raab, Hungary, on August 25, 1594, while it was being besieged by the Turks.
  • M. Knoedler & Co. (firm)
    Stock books from M. Knoedler & Co. records, 1872–1977
    The stock books document acquisitions of paintings and watercolors made by M. Knoedler & Co. in New York and London. Each entry lists the seller from whom Knoedler bought the artwork, along with the artist, title, and date of the work. The books also include information regarding the buyers who purchased the works from Knoedler and related sales dates.
  • Solomon Caesar Malan (English, 1812–1894)
    Solomon Caesar Malan albums of drawings, ca. 1835–1853
    The six albums contain 764 drawings and watercolors documenting landscapes, ruins, and sites in Egypt, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, and Turkey. One of the albums is dedicated to a few sites in England, France, and Switzerland. A prolific scholar and draftsman, Malan traveled widely and was a professor of Classics at Bishop's College in Calcutta.

Audiovisual recordings

  • Guerrilla Girls
    Selected video recordings: Performances, lectures, and appearances of the Guerrilla Girls, 1985–1997
    Guerrilla Girls records document the activities of the feminist art group, comprising a complete set of posters, mass mailings, form letters, and other graphic materials. These videos show the evolution of their work and their notable expansion of focus from the art world to George Bush–era politics to New York theater.
  • Long Beach Museum of Art
    Art of Music Video: Ten Years After, 1991
    This video art exhibition organized by Michael Nash and Kim Harlan Tassie was on display at the Long Beach Museum of Art in August 1991. The five-part exhibition examined music video as an art form, focusing on MTV's political and cultural impact.
  • Long Beach Museum of Art
    Southland video anthology II. Parts II and IV, 1976–1977
    In 1975 the Long Beach Museum of Art presented the first Southland video anthology. The exhibition, curated by David Ross, was an anthology of videotapes produced using the tools of television production. As a result of the show's success, a second survey exhibition of the same title was produced in five consecutive parts. The Southland video anthology, part II, is the second of a five part exhibition held at the Long Beach Museum of Art from October 1976 to January 1977, featuring the work of 19 artists whose primary concern was the use of TV in relation to various aspects of performance art. Part IV, held at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA) from May to July 1977, features work that is primarily performance oriented, with the exception of works by Rabyn Blake, Joel Hermann, and Peter Kirby.
    2006.M.7 (E.197610.Sout)
    2006.M.7 (E.197705.Sout)


  • King Lewis' Canal, (ca. 1846)
    Presenting a perspective view of the canal designed by King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786–1868), this rare paper diorama from about 1840 must have amazed viewers of the time period with its exquisite colors and vivid detail. The diorama commemorates the heralded 1836–46 construction of the canal, a project carried out by Baron Heinrich von Pechmann at Ludwig's command.
  • Wenzel Jamnitzer (German, 1508–1585)
    Perspectiua corporum regularium, (Nuremberg, 1568)
    A complete copy of goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer's visual treatise on perspective with 49 etchings attributed to Jost Amman (Swiss, 1539–1591).

Rare Books

  • English trade catalogue of metal-work patterns, ca. 1770–1780
    Featuring approximately 1,200 patterns for decorative brass mounts, this volume illustrates a large number of looped and fixed drawer handles, key hole plates, knobs, hinges, and castors, along with elaborate watch stands, wax jacks, candle holders, candelabra, and a variety of more ornamental pieces. In general the designs are elaborate and very ornate, rococo being the predominant style, with some Chinese Chippendale and Neoclassical mixed in. While printed in the Midlands for a metalwork manufacturer, this pattern book would have been bought and its illustrations used by furniture makers in Europe and America. The prices, in shillings, are added in ink beside each design.
  • Frederick Catherwood
    Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (London, 1844)
    The architect and artist Frederick Catherwood had seen Egyptian antiquities on an 1832 research mission led by the Scottish aristocrat Robert Hay. After examining available publications, Catherwood felt strongly that Mayan antiquities bore no relation to those of Egypt. An opportunity to investigate arose when the American travel writer John Lloyd Stephens invited Catherwood to join him on an archaeological expedition to document the monuments hidden within tangled Central American jungles (present-day Yucatan and Honduras). His compositions include romantic elements and display careful archeological observation. Through informed analysis, Catherwood correctly identified that Mayan visual codes were unique to the Americas.
  • Henri Abraham Châtelain
    Atlas historique, ou, Nouvelle introduction a l'histoire, à la chronologie et à la géographie ancienne et modern, vol. 6, (Amsterdam, 1732–1739)
    The subtitle of the encyclopedic Atlas historique promises a “new introduction to ancient and modern chronology and geography”—an early Enlightenment attempt at the comparative study of cultures. Its compiler, Henri Abraham Châtelain, was a Huguenot pastor from Paris, forced to flee to Amsterdam from persecution by the French Catholic regime.
  • Jean-Frédéric Waldeck (French, 1766?–1875)
    Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la province d'Yucatan (Amérique Centrale), pendant les années 1834 et 1836, par Frédéric de Waldeck; dédié a la mémoire de feu le vicomte de Kingsborough, (Paris, 1838)
    A trained artist and notorious embellisher, Waldeck worked on drawings for Kingsborough's publication after spending several years in Mexico. One of the first to recognize the artistic qualities of Mesoamerican art, he published his own lavishly illustrated supplementary volume focusing on the Maya. His work has been criticized for its artistic license and inaccuracies such as the insertion of elephants into hieroglyphs, the “classicizing” of native facial features, and the way the Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal was made to resemble the pyramids at Giza.

Rare Photographs

  • Alary & Geiser (firm)
    Algerian cartes-de-visite album, ca. 1865
    This album of cartes-de-viste was produced for a French public and documents Algerian architecture as well as a variety of indigenous people in both portraits and in more natural outdoor settings. Subjects include architectural interiors and exteriors; nomadic camps with tents and camels; a chess game; Islamic women (veiled garb, odalisques, dancers, and pantalooned figures); and Islamic males (laborers, a water porter, horses and riders, a boy in ceremonial dress, and a merchant).
  • Edouard Foà (French, 1862–1901)
    Zanzibar et Côte-Quiloa-Dar es Salam-Tanga-Somalis, 1893
    In 1886 explorer Edouard Foà was hired by the Marseilles-based colonial trading company of Mante, Régis et Borelli to manage a trading post in Porto-Novo, Dahomey. From 1886 to 1890, Foà explored the French colony of Dahomey (now known as Benin) and the neighboring countries around the Gulf of Guineaica. In 1890 Foà returned to France and was hired by a French financial company to undertake an economic study of Southern and East Africa. This album contains photographs Foà purchased on his voyage back to France in 1893.
    93.R.114 (album 6)
  • F. A. Oppenheim (German)
    Photographies d'Athènes par F. A. Oppenheim, 1854
    This album contains 20 views of the Acropolis and monuments in Athens, Greece. Monuments depicted include the Propylaia, the Parthenon and details of its frieze, the Erechtheion, the Hephaisteion (Temple of Theseus and Herakles), the Horologion of Andronikos (Tower of the Winds), the Monument of Lysikrates, the Arch of Hadrian, and the Olympieion (Temple of Olympian Zeus). The photographs are followed by a two-page text in German, entitled "Die untere Stadt," which discusses some of the monuments pictured in the album. The text lists plate numbers 1–15, though these numbers do not correspond to the numbered images in the album.
  • Julius Shulman
    Julius Shulman photography archive, Series IV (Job numbers 1934–2009), 1935–2009
    Series IV contains the bulk of Shulman's archive. Represented here are more than 5,000 jobs that Shulman did not separate into smaller series based on architect or project. Most of the descriptions include the names of artists, landscape designers, or interior designers, but not builders, contractors, or other clients.
  • Harald Szeemann (Swiss, 1933–2005)
    Photographs of Monte Verità: Le mammelle della verità (Monte Verità: The breasts of truth), 1978–1981
    Organized by curator Harald Szeemann, the exhibition Monte Verità: Le mammelle della verità took place in several venues in Ascona, Switzerland, from July 7 to August 30, 1978, and then traveled to Berlin, Munich, Vienna, and Zürich. The exhibition was devoted to the history of Monte Verità, a hill above Ascona where, from about the 1870s until World War II, a constellation of radical intellectuals, reformers, and artists challenged social conventions through utopian thinking and alternative lifestyles. In 1981 Szeemann installed a permanent museum in Casa Anatta, a theosophical structure originally built in 1900 as living quarters and reception rooms for the Monte Verità community.
  • P. (Pierre) Trémaux (French, 1818–1895)
    Voyages au Soudan oriental et dans l'Afrique septentrionale, exécutés de 1847 à 1854, 1852–1858
    Trémaux was a French architect, photographer, traveler and writer of scientific and ethnographic texts. Beginning in 1847 he recorded his expeditions to Asia Minor, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, first in sketches and daguerreotypes and then in calotypes for greater veracity, all of which were also reproduced as lithographs in his publications. This volume depicts the landscapes, architecture, and people of North Africa, containing 57 plates of illustrations (49 lithographs and 8 calotypes) and 4 maps made during Trémaux's second expedition.
  • P. (Pierre) Trémaux (French, 1818–1895)
    Exploration archéologique en Asie Mineure, 1859–1863
    The portfolio is comprised of 4 sheets of printed text and 101 plates that include 72 photolithographs in Poitevin's process; 27 prints reproducing plans drawn by Trémaux; and 2 lithographs. The plates, most likely made after Trémaux's photographs from his 1853–1854 expedition, depict some 30 ancient cities in Turkey, as well as images of Islamic monuments and sites found along the routes of Christian pilgrimage, altogether comprising the most significant historical sites of Asia Minor. Views of ancient sites and cities include Aphrodisias (Geyve), Didyma, Ephesos (Ephesus), Jerusalem, Miletus (Balat), Priene (Turunçlar), and Sardis.
  • Views of the Belgian Congo, 1908–1909
    Compiled by an unidentified colonial agent who was in the Belgian Congo from 1908 to 1909, this album documents one man's experiences in the region during the first year of the newly annexed Belgian colony's existence. The album begins with the agent's journey from Antwerp to Matadi and includes views of Leopoldville and Sierra Leone (Kinshassa), as well as scenes depicting the agent and other travelers during the voyage. Much of the album is primarily dedicated to documenting the agent's daily life and the lives of the locals around him.