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Our Biographies collection features articles profiling men and women, past and present, who have shaped the world in which we live. Among them you will find revolutionaries and role models, artists and inventors, statesmen and dictators. What motivated them? How did they think? How did they change the world? This collection puts the giants of human history into context and provides insight into their lives.

We invite you to explore the inspirations of Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe, observe the impact of Adam Smith, or decipher the mind of Sir Isaac Newton. Here you can go beyond the famous names and the ubiquitous myths to witness what made them great and what made them human.

They transformed their dreams into our reality. From the freedoms we enjoy to the manifold technological advances to the candy we eat, these individuals touched it all. And as we come to understand these transcendent figures, and the conditions that forged them, we expand our understanding of ourselves.


Presidents and Other Leaders
Thinkers and Innovators
Armstrong, Louis
Avedon, Richard
Boccioni, Umberto
Brando, Marlon
Brandt, Bill
Brubeck, Dave
Cezanne, Paul
Chagall, Marc
Chen, T. F.
Cluss, Adolf
Cole, Thomas
Da Vinci, Leonardo
Daumier, Honoré
de Chirico, Giorgio
de Kooning, Willem
Donatello (Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi)
Eisenstein, Sergei
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Ellington, Duke
Fra Angelico
Gauguin, Paul
Giacometti, Alberto
Goya (Don Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes) (1)
Goya (Don Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes) (2)
Hals, Frans
Homer, Winslow
Hopper, Edward
Janacek, Leos
Klee, Paul
Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret)
Lissitzky, El
Malle, Louis
Matisse, Henri
Miro, Joan (1)
Miro, Joan (2)
Mondrian, Piet
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Murnau, F. W.
O'Keeffe, Georgia
Pei, I. M.
Picasso, Pablo
Poussin, Nicolas
Ramone, Johnny
Renoir, Jean
Renoir, Pierre-Auguste
Rockwell, Norman
Rothko, Mark
Sargent, John Singer
Schubert, Franz
Seurat, Georges
Starr, Ringo
Stella, Joseph
Stern, Isaac
Stieglitz, Alfred
Sullivan, Louis
Tiffany, Louis Comfort
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (1)
Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (2)
Turner, Joseph Mallord William
Van Dyck, Anthony
Van Gogh, Vincent
Velazquez, Diego Rodriguez de Silva
Warhol, Andy
Weber, Carl Maria von
Welles, Orson
Wright, Frank Lloyd
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