Famed cemetery collects art by its residents

December 7, 2008 8:58:14 AM PST
Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn has started collecting the works of the artists who are buried there. The 170-year-old cemetery is the final resting place of many prominent New Yorkers, from Boss Tweed to Leonard Bernstein.

Cemetery officials have identified more than 200 artists who are buried there, both well-known and obscure.

So far, Green-Wood has paid about $250,000 for paintings by its artists.

They include a portrait of DeWitt Clinton by George Catlin, who is known for his paintings of American Indians.

The collection also includes works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the print makers Currier and Ives.

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