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AM 201: Western Civilization Art Since the Renaissance

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Title of Work
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Date of Work (if given)
Image Source
Date of Citation
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Three Geese. Simon de Vlieger, c. 1600-1653. The Illustrated Bartsch. Vol. 1, Netherlandish Artists[cited 08 October 2012]. In ARTstor [database online].

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