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About the Benezit Dictionary of Artists

The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available online for the first time via Oxford Art Online. With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language. Entries are clear and concise, and Benezit contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. In addition to its outstanding scope and depth, two features in particular make Benezit unique among art reference works: its superb coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.

Since 1911, Benezit has been the preeminent authority on artists’ biographies in print. With the addition of the digital Benezit to Oxford Art Online, art researchers now have instant access to this unparalleled resource, as well as the ability to cross-search it with Grove Art Online and other essential Oxford art titles.

To learn more, visit our contributors page, read a letter from advisory editor Stephen J. Bury, or read a brief history of Benezit.

Hear more about Benezit, as told by its Advisory Editor and users:

Key Features of Benezit Include:

  • Nearly 170,000 entries on artists from the first English edition (2006), the largest edition to date, plus revisions and new biographies exclusively available online
  • More than 11,000 images of artists signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale
  • Detailed museum listings, bibliographies, exhibition information, and auction records
  • Ability to view Benezit results separately or alongside Grove Art and other Oxford art reference works
  • Comprehensive coverage on artists across all media, from painters and sculptors to calligraphers, ceramicists, illustrators, installation artists, and performance artists
  • Updated three times per year to reflect new scholarship, additions to the bibliographies, and corrections – concurrent with Grove Art updates

For Students and Faculty:

  • An essential source for research on artists outside the traditional canon, with bibliographies to encourage further study
  • Historical auction records and exhibition histories support research on the reception and value of art across time
  • New learning resources added with each update

For Museums, Galleries, and Auction Houses:

  • Comprehensive coverage of both acclaimed and lesser-known artists to support appraisals, acquisitions research, and interpretive writing
  • One of the largest collections of digital images of artists' signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale, an excellent resource for provenance research and authentication
  • Detailed listings of museum holdings, historical auction records, exhibition histories, and bibliographies for further research

Other highly acclaimed art reference works included with a subscription to Benezit:

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


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