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John Michael Montias, 76, an economist who became a leading scholar on the painter Johannes Vermeer, died of cancer July 26 in Branford, Conn.

Part of the Annales School of economists and historians, he was among those who promoted a new form of history by replacing study of major leaders and events with microstudy of ordinary people and occurrences.

Through analysis of documents ranging from notes to legal papers, he explored the life of Vermeer, one of his favorite artists.

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