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About the Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Since its first publication in 1911, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists has become one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources of artists’ biographies available. Revered for its global scope and its excellent coverage of European artists, Benezit’s distinguishing features include its entries on obscure artists, historic auction records, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale. Benezit is continually updated to reflect new scholarship, with a special focus on contemporary artists with current or recent exhibitions.

Benezit is unique. It’s diverse coverage and detailed histories of artists’ works make it a must-have for collectors, curators, professionals, and students – anyone needing authoritative information on individual artists and the collection, display, and sale of their works. Available alongside the acclaimed Grove Art Online, Benezit offers rare insight into an artist’s life and work.

To learn more, visit our contributors page or read the Story of Benezit.

Learn more about the history and future of Benezit, as told by its new Editor in Chief Dr. Kathy Battista:

Key Features of Benezit Include:

  • Nearly 170,000 entries on artists from the first English edition (2006), 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
  • Updated three times per year to reflect new scholarship, additions to the bibliographies, and corrections

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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