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    In Circulation features in-depth articles and the latest news about the Museum Libraries' wide range of research activities and comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, electronic resources, and ephemera related to the history of art.

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How can I find biographical information about an artist?

  • Some websites we recommend: Ask Art and Artcyclopedia.
  • Consult WATSONLINE, the online catalog of the Museum’s libraries, to identify citations for materials on the artist you are looking for. You can then look for these titles at a local library.
  • Search the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History on the Museum’s website.
  • Consult appropriate titles from this selection of basic art biographical resources (there are many others):
    • ALLGEMEINES LEXIKON DER BILDENDEN KUNSTLER  (Thieme-Becker)
    • ALLGEMEINES LEXIKON DER BILDENDEN KUNSTLER DES XX. JAHRHUNDERTS  (Vollmer)
    • ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES MASTER INDEX
    • DICTIONARY OF ARTISTS (Benezit, 2006; earlier editions in French)
    • DICTIONARY OF ART (Oxford)
    • DICTIONARY OF WOMEN ARTISTS (Petteys)
    • INDEX TO ARTISTIC BIOGRAPHY
    • OXFORD ART ONLINE (subscription)
    • OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ART AND ARTISTS
    • WHO WAS WHO IN AMERICAN ART
    • WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN ART