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Photographic archive

Photographic archive

One of the major photographic archives of Northern Italy

The Archive was formally established in the early 1930s to document Museum holdings and, more in general, the monuments and works of ancient and modern art in the region of Piemonte. Today the Archive comprises approximately three hundred and fifty thousand phototypes, including negatives and positives on glass plate, film, paper (monochrome and colour) and in digital format. They include images of the Foundation museums, their respective painting, sculpture, graphics, furniture and furnishings collections, and images of their restoration work and exhibitions. The art photography holdings are of historic, artistic and documentary interest and include a variety of subjects (works of art and views of the City and of Piemonte, war events, turn-of-the-century industrial scenes, daily life, personalities).

The authors of the most important fonds include photographers Stefano Bricarelli, Mario Gabinio and Vittorio Ecclesia, the scholar Carlo Nigra, the Alfieri and Lacroix print house and the Istituto Italiano Arti Grafiche di Bergamo (Italian Graphic Arts Institute in Bergamo).

These photographic treasures are available for consultation in the Archivio Fotografico (Photographic Archive), which includes both historical and present-day records that are constantly updated with new photographic campaigns.

Since 2005 all photographs of works of art belonging to the Foundation museums are taken using digital photography.


Consultation, advisory, research and information services

The Photographic Archive, with its rich collection of black and white, colour and digital images, is open to the public. Photographic Archive staff is available to guide users interested in monographic, thematic and iconographic research and to meet a variety of other demands (study, publishing, scientific, educational, commercial and advertising).


Use of archival images service
Requests can be made for digitised reproductions of all negatives and colour photographs of works of art and locations belonging to Fondazione Museums and contained in the Photographic Archive.



Terms and conditions


To obtain Archive material that is not available through e-commerce websites, an APPLICATION must be submitted IN WRITING. It can also be sent by email, specifying:
The subject (name of work, subject matter, artist ...)
the format and type of photograph (size of print or slide, type of digital medium for image files ...)
the use that will be made of the image (academic, editorial/publication, CD and/or DVD, TV programme, scientific or educational, advertising/commercial or other)

Opening hours

Monday to Friday by appointment

For further information:

Requests to publish works from the Palazzo Madama – Museo Civico d’Arte Antica (Civic Museum of Ancient Art) collections. Consultation of the Mario Gabinio and Stefano Bricarelli Historical Photographic Fonds

Tel. +39 011/4429554

Requests to publish modern and contemporary art works from the collections of the GAM, the Fondazione Guido and Ettore De Fornaris, of the CRT held by the GAM and the Historical Photographic Fonds (Avondo, Bricarelli, Ceppi, D'Andrade, Gabinio and others)

Tel. +39 011/4429559


Iconographic material related to Ancient Art, Palazzo Madama, the Borgo Medioevale, the Museo d'Arte Orientale (Museum of Oriental Art) (iconography and publications). Consultation of the Brinckmann, Mallè, Rovere and Viale collections.

Tel +39 011/4429556 

Iconographic material related to Modern and Contemporary Art and the GAM

Tel +39 011/4429557

Iconographic material related to the GAM graphic collections ( Alfredo D'Andrade fonds) and Vittorio Avondo photographic fonds (Photographic Archive). The photographic material from the Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia (stored in the Photographic Archive of the Fondazione Torino Musei). Consultation of fonds and organisational support for the conservation /management of the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe (Prints and Drawings Department).

Tel +39011/4429558

Iconographic material related to installations and exhibitions

Tel 011/4429501