In the ancient world, terracotta sculpture was ubiquitous. Readily available and economical—unlike stone suitable for carving—clay allowed artisans to craft figures of remarkable variety and expressiveness. Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily attest to the prolific coroplastic workshops that supplied sacred and decorative images for sanctuaries, settlements, and cemeteries. Sixty terracottas are investigated here by noted scholar Maria Lucia Ferruzza, comprising a selection of significant types from the Getty’s larger collection—life-size sculptures, statuettes, heads and busts, altars, and decorative appliqués. In addition to the comprehensive catalogue entries, the publication includes a guide to the full collection of over one thousand other figurines and molds from the region by Getty curator of antiquities Claire L. Lyons.
This custom online catalogue enables a deeper exploration of these ancient objects, with zoomable high-resolution photography and a select number of 360-degree rotations; the ability to filter the catalogue by location, typology and date; and an interactive map drawn from the Ancient World Mapping Center and linked to the Getty’s Thesaurus of Geographic Names. The complete catalogue can be downloaded for free in multiple formats, as can the object data and main images. For readers who wish to have a bound reference copy, a paperback version is available for sale.
Ferruzza, Maria Lucia. Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016. http://www.getty.edu/publications/terracottas.
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- Correct image for fig. 24 in “Guide to the Collection”
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Each of these alternative formats includes the complete catalogue text, the primary view of each object, and the map. The PDF and paperback editions also include a complete index.
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The object data, available in two formats, includes key information from each of the sixty catalogue entries, with relevant fields keyed to Pleiades locations and the Getty’s Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) and Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN). The extended version includes raw data on the 1,000 additional collection objects outlined in the “Guide to the Collection of South Italian and Sicilian Terracottas.”
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
- Names: J. Paul Getty Museum, author, issuing body. | Ferruzza, Maria Lucia, editor.
- Title: Ancient terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum / Maria Lucia Ferruzza.
- Description: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum,  | ©2016 | Includes bibliographical references.
- Identifiers: LCCN 2015042795 (print) | LCCN 2015048344 (ebook) | ISBN 9781606064863 (pbk.) | ISBN 9781606064856 (epub) | ISBN 9781606061237 (online)
- Subjects: LCSH: Terra-cotta sculpture, Ancient—Italy, Southern—Catalogs. | Terra-cotta sculpture, Ancient—Italy—Sicily—Catalogs. | J. Paul Getty Museum—Catalogs. | Terra-cotta sculpture—California—Los Angeles—Catalogs.
- Classification: LCC NB145 .J27 2016 (print) | LCC NB145 (ebook) | DDC 733/.309377–dc23
- LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2015042795
- Cover: Thymiaterion Supported by a Statuette of Nike (detail, cat. 53)
- Introduction: Fragment of a Head (detail, cat. 22)
- Classification: Statue of a Standing Siren A (detail, cat. 2)
- Production Techniques: Tarentine front mold, Head of a Woman (detail, fig. 10)
- Guide to the Collection of South Italian and Sicilian Terracottas: Tarentine Mold with Head and Torso of a Youth (detail, fig. 12)