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About This Exhibition

The Getty Research Institute's first online exhibition, The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra, features the Institute's rare print and photograph collections documenting an important archaeological site that has recently undergone devastating changes amid an ongoing war in Syria. The project was conceived as a means to complement the Institute's exceptional holdings with an innovative design that creates a compelling digital experience. The online presentation of this exhibition aims to reach a global audience.

Project Team


  • Frances Terpak, Getty Research Institute, curator
  • Peter Louis Bonfitto, Getty Research Institute, research associate

Project Team

  • Betsy Brand, Getty Research Institute, digital engagement
  • Paula Carlson, J. Paul Getty Trust Web Group, web developer and programmer
  • Jane Friedman, Getty Research Institute, project associate
  • Alicia Houtrouw, Getty Research Institute, content strategist
  • Andrew Kersey, Getty Research Institute, content strategist and project editor
  • Ahree Lee, J. Paul Getty Trust Web Group, user experience designer
  • Liz McDermott, Getty Research Institute, project lead
  • Uma Nair, Getty Research Institute, project manager
  • Karen Nakada, The Happening Studio, visual designer
  • Masato Nakada, The Happening Studio, visual designer
  • Kayleigh Perkov, Getty Research Institute, graduate intern


  • Mikka Gee Conway, J. Paul Getty Trust, assistant general counsel


  • Moira Day, Getty Research Institute, curatorial assistant
  • Kristen Decker, Getty Research Institute, administrative assistant

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Jack Ludden, Andrew Perchuk, and Marcia Reed for their sustained encouragement in developing this project, and for creating an environment at the Getty Research Institute that fosters new endeavors.

Special thanks to the following for their valuable contributions to this project: Fred Albertson, Martha Alfaro, Mantas Andrijauskas, Joan Aruz, Christa Aube, Zainab Bahrani, Nikolas Bakirtizis, Annie Barnes, Jobe Benjamin, Tracy Bonfitto, Claudia Brink, Robert Brown, Shelby Brown, Michelle Brunnick, Giorgio Buccellati, Debra Canter, Henry Colburn, Linda Conze, Tahnee Cracchiola, Ted Dancesu, Owen Doonan, Chris Edwards, Adriana Fernandez, Duncan Forbes, Lisa Forman, Michał Gawlikowski, Corinna Gramatke, Eric Guzman, Ann Harrison, Maira Hernandez-Andrade, Amy Hood, Brooks Huber, Wim Hupperetz, Visa Immonen, Julie Jaskol, Ted Kaizer, Jorrit Kelder, Thomas Ketelsen, Jan Kindberg Jacobsen, Sharon King, Kenneth Lapatin, Sean Leatherbury, Claire Lyons, Louis Marchesano, Theresa Marino, Maureen McGlynn, Matt Moore, David Myers, Christine Nguyen, Nancy Perloff, Melissa Piper, Isotta Poggi, Merritt Price, Rubina Raja, Julie Romain, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Kim Sellery, Sarah Sherman, Teresa Soleau, Jeffrey Spier, Christopher Sprinkle, Annelisa Stephan, Mark Stone, Jeanne Marie Teutonico, Branko van Oppen, Cristina Velasquez, Maria Velez, Sarah Waldorf, Wes Walker, Amelia Wong, Anna Zagorski, and Dror Zeevi.

Image Rights

© 2017 J. Paul Getty Trust

Except as noted below, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License.

All images listed below, numbered according to their order on the Exhibition Checklist, are reproduced with the permission of the owners and are expressly excluded from the Creative Commons license covering the rest of this online exhibition. These images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted, or manipulated without consent from the owners, who reserve all rights.

List of Images

76. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, ДВ-4187

77. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, ДВ-4187

78. The Getty Research Institute, 84-B25075

82. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 1033. Photo: Ole Haupt

83. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, 1992-13. Photo: Gérard Blot. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

85. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 1068. Photo: Ole Haupt

86. Musée du Louvre, Paris, AO 1556. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

87. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 2795. Photo: Ole Haupt

89. Allard Pierson Museum, University of Amsterdam, 000.049. Courtesy of the University of Amsterdam

93. Photo Credit: National Trust / Art Resource, NY

94. Sir John Soane's Museum, London, MR34. © Sir John Soane's Museum, London

95. National Trust, Erddig, Wrexham, Wales, 1147092

100. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australian Government Grant 1890, 0.86

101. British Museum, London, 1843, 0513.425. © The Trustees of the British Museum / Art Resource, NY

102. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Purchased with the Virginia Steele Scott Acquisition fund for American Art. Photo © Fredrik Nilsen. © Courtesy of the Huntington Art Collections, San Marino, California

104. Photo: T. Versteegh. © Polish Mission to Palmyra / Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology

105. Photo: H. Romanowski. © Polish Mission to Palmyra / Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology

106. Photo: T. Biniewski. © Polish Mission to Palmyra / Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology

107. Photo: T. Versteegh. © Polish Mission to Palmyra / Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology

108. Photo: M. Gawlikowski. © Polish Mission to Palmyra / Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology

109. © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Courtesy of Gallery Luisotti