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Art and Architecture: Biographical Resources

Resources in Art and Architecture

Biographical Resources

  • Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart
    • Reference N40.T5
    • Most comprehensive biographical dictionary to date
    • Also known as Thieme-Becker
  • Architecture and Design Collection(Art,  Design & Architecture Museum)
    • Archives over 350 architects and designers mainly from California
  • Dictionary of Artists
    • Reference N40.B4713 2006
    • English edition of Bénézit's Dictionnaire critique et documentaire 
    • Some entries include sales information and signatures or monograms
  • Union Lists of Artists Names (ULAN)
    • Free resource from the Getty, bringing together variant names and based biographical data
    • Over 118,000 international and historical artists and architects
  • Who's Who in American Art
    • Reference N6536.W5
    • Bienniel directory good for lesser known artists and non-artists (critics, historians, etc.)


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