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Welcome to Oxford Art Online, the access point for subscriptions to Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources.

T. Rowlandson & A. C. Pugin: Christie's Auction Room, illustration from Microcosm of London by R. Ackermann, color litho, 1808 (Private Collection/The Stapleton Collection); photo credit: Bridgeman Images

T. Rowlandson & A. C. Pugin: Christie's Auction Room, illustration from Microcosm of London by R. Ackermann, color litho, 1808 (Private Collection/The Stapleton Collection); photo credit: Bridgeman Images

Art History Research Starts Here

Oxford Art Online is the gateway to multiple trusted online art reference resources that serve students, scholars, curators, and collectors alike. It is anchored by two major resources with complementary strengths—Grove Art Online and Benezit. Subscribers to both can cross-search them simultaneously.

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Grove Art Online

  • The unsurpassed authority on all aspects of the visual arts from pre-history to the present day
  • Over 45,000 signed articles and images on every aspect of the visual arts
  • Over 15,000 subject entries and over 22,000 biographies, contributed by nearly 7,000 international scholars – all with bibliographies for further research
  • Over 7,000 searchable images from such outstanding organizations as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as 40,000 editorially selected image links to museums and galleries, provide essential visual support for art history scholarship
  • Content updated three times a year to reflect the latest scholarship, with new articles and images, revised articles, additions to bibliographies, and corrections
  • Tools for navigating content include subject guides, timelines, and resources for educators designed by the Museum of Modern Art (New York)

Benezit Dictionary of Artists

  • A landmark reference work covering the lives and careers of both obscure and acclaimed artists
  • Nearly 170,000 entries covering a wide range of artists from antiquity to the present day
  • More than 11,000 images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale
  • Auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies for further research
  • Content updated three times a year to reflect the latest scholarship, with new entries, revised entries, additions to bibliographies and auction records, and corrections

Additional highly acclaimed resources included with a Grove or Benezit subscription:

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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Grove’s most recent update covers art markets and economics, including this new freely available article on art as investment.

Read this freely available article on Vincent van Gogh from the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, one of a group of articles regularly updated with new auction records.

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Open Access Scholarship

Benvenuto di Giovanni, Crucifixion, probably 1491, tempera on panel, 42.6 x 52.8 cm (16 1/4 x 20 13/16 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Samuel H. Kress Collection

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