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How to Research an Artist: Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

An introduction to finding information about visual artists, architects, fashion designers etc.... Guide by Miguel Rosales.

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Special biographical publications may be useful for general reference. They may contain detailed information about an artist’s life and works. These can be derived in one of two ways:

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Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias