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The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts is noted for its works by Monet, Renoir, Vermeyen, and other famous artists. The Institute also houses a remarkable research library that contains many publications of interest to family history researchers who are tracing families of artists and artisans. This library has a wide range of general biographical dictionaries of artists as well as many publications relating to the study of specific artisans.1
By searching their online digital collection you may view many portraits painted by master painters such as Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer and others. You may search for German notables such as Philipp Melanchthon, or Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, Archbishop of Mainz, or more recent portraits such as Wilhelmine Schroeder-Devrient and be able to view their images.
Biographical Dictionaries of Artists
Biographical dictionaries of artists provide basic data about an artist. They include names and/or pseudonyms; birth and death dates and places; education; the artists' works, awards, exhibitions; and they may provide bibliographic citations to published and unpublished source material.
1 The Clark Art Institute's catalog is available here.