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A Rembrandt in the Attic? Researching Artists and Finding the Value of Works of Art: Finding Information on Artists

Have you been wondering who painted that portrait handed down to you by your Grandmother? Are you curious about the artist who made that ceramic vase you found? This guide will offer tips on researching your art work and determining its value.

Finding Information on an Artist

If you would like to research an artist, a number of resources can help you locate basic information. These items are available in the Fine Arts Library and are located in the art reference collection unless otherwise noted. Please realize that many minor artists have little or no literature available on their lives or work. Feel free to ask for assistance!

Online Resources

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Terrie Wilson
Humanities Coordinator and Head, Art Library
Michigan State University