July 2008 Update
Grove Art Online and Oxford Art Online have a new Senior Editor!
Letter from the Editor
As the Senior Editor in charge of Grove Art Online and the Oxford Art Online (OAO) portal, I am thrilled to formally introduce our redesign of Grove Art Online. This relaunch includes strong new features such as improved image and bibliography searching, over 2,500 new images (from The Museum of Modern Art New York, Art Images for College Teaching, The British Museum, and many more), links to ARTstor and Art Resource, and new thematic guides and timelines – as well as many behind-the-scenes upgrades resulting in improved browsing and searching.
I am also dedicated to our update program following the redesign of Grove Art and the launch of OAO. We plan in the future to offer you exceptional content, in addition to Grove Art, through the OAO portal. However, for this and the next few updates, we are dedicated to taking the feedback we gather from users about the redesign and using it to fine-tune the functionality of the site and maintain the superlative quality of the content of Grove Art Online.
This July update, therefore, includes many corrections, over 90 revised articles (including articles on Ethel Reed, Helene Kröller-Müller, and Torres Strait Islands), around 500 updated bibliographies spanning numerous subjects, and two brand new thematic articles, on still-life in Australian art and flooring. In addition, we are excited to add 65 new images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, many (but not all) of which are of works of Medieval art. A few interesting examples are the Klosterneuburg pulpit, a stained glass window from Chartres Cathedral, a detail of the Bayeux tapestry, and a Viking carved wooden animal-head post. As always, we are regularly updating functionality as well as content, and plan to implement more functionality improvements this summer.
Grove Art Online articles continue to be written, updated and peer reviewed by nearly 1,000 international scholars. Future updates will include revised bibliographies and new articles from a variety of subject areas including decorative arts, Classical art and architecture, materials and techniques in art, and Islamic art and architecture. Also forthcoming this year are hundreds of additional images of world art from museums who generously donate images to Grove Art Online. In the future, we will also be adding new articles from The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (due to publish in 2010).
We hope you enjoy the new site and features, including better searching, an image search, citation tools and more. Especially for experienced users of Grove Art Online, we have provided tips for guidance and information on how to execute familiar tasks in the new site. As always, we welcome your feedback, which is incredibly valuable in helping us prioritize our development plans. We hope you will let us know what you think about the new site, and look forward to the continued growth of this resource.
With very best wishes,
Senior Editor, Grove Art Online and Oxford Art Online