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Mangin and McComb: New York City Hall, gelatin silver print (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division); photo credit: Irving Underhill, c. 1911

December 2014 Update

New to Grove Art

Architecture and the built environment
December’s content update includes 19 new and 8 revised articles on architecture and the built environment, including new essays on the Seagram Building, Bauhaus in America, modernism and architecture, public housing, and architecture and the automobile. New biographies include architects Wang Shu and Elsa Gidoni. Also presented in this update are major revisions to entries on colonialism and department stores, as well as biographies of Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Tadao Andō, and Otto Bartning.

American art
Grove is pleased to add 117 new and revised articles on American art to the site, with updated biographies on artists Mary Cassatt and Marsden Hartley, as well as articles on performance art and the Prairie school.

Decorative arts
The December update also sees the addition of 65 new articles on the decorative arts, from the Sarreguemines Pottery Factory in France to Italian glass designer Guido Balsamo Stella to stevengraphs, woven silk pictures produced in Coventry around the turn of the 20th century.

Medieval art
We continue to add updated articles on medieval art, whose development was overseen by Dr. Colum P. Hourihane of Princeton University, editor of the recently published Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture. 125 medieval art entries were updated in our latest release, including Gothic enamels, Lombard art, and the House of Plantagenet, as well as cities of Aberdeen, Lübeck, Maastricht, Palermo, and Roskilde.

New images
In this update, 174 new images have been added, including photographs of major American buildings and monuments including the Gateway Arch, the Jefferson Memorial, Old Penn Station, the Plaza Hotel, the Wainwright building, Biltmore Mansion, Unity Temple, the Monadnock Building, the UN Secretariat, and the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. New images also include seminal works by artists including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Judy Chicago, David Hockney, Edouard Manet, and Grant Wood.

Updated articles
As part of our ongoing initiative to keep existing Grove content current, many additional articles have been revised to reflect developments in recent scholarship. These articles span the breadth of Grove’s diverse content, from biographies of painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze and the prominent Borghese family in Italy to Grove’s survey of gay and lesbian art.

Explore the full list of new and revised entries, and see our Friends page for more information on our partnerships.

New to Benezit

Artists' books
This update sees the addition of 38 new and 15 revised articles on makers of artists’ books, including Ed Ruscha, Erica van Horn, and Yvonne Dröge Wendel.

Updated bibliographies and auction records
Additional revised entries are 42 updated auction sale records including Chuck Close, Paul Cézanne, and Dorothea Tanning, 51 new signature images, and revisions to biographies, including Correggio and Duccio di Buoninsegna.

Image partnerships
We continue to add images to Benezit through our partnerships with ArtistsSignatures.com, which brings new artists’ signatures to the resource, complementing the existing collection of over 11,000 images, and the Frick Collection, which is providing Benezit with portraits and self-portraits of artists to illustrate their biographies (see, for example, Jean-Léon Gérôme). See our Friends page for more.

For more information, visit About Benezit, view Benezit's contributor page, or read about its history.

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Italian Renaissance Learning Resources

We invite you to explore the freely available Italian Renaissance Learning Resources site. This resource features eight units, each of which explores a different theme in Italian Renaissance art and is complemented by lavish illustrations and resources for educators.

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