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Fernando Botéro


The engorged forms of Fernando Botéro’s misshapen figures often critiqued the mental turgidity of the ruling classes; in The Presidential Family (1967), he depicts his subjects with a monstrosity both comic and disturbing.

John Trumbull

Work by Ed Ruscha

In 1817, Congress commissioned American painter John Trumbull, to paint four scenes of the Revolutionary War; chosen together with President Madison, the subjects include General George Washington Resigning His Commission (1826), an act Trumbull considered “one of the highest moral lessons ever given to the world.”

In this update, Grove Art publishes 37 revised articles, in addition to 5 emendations across both dictionaries. Benezit published 12 updated biographies.

Explore the full list of what has been recently published and revised on Oxford Art Online.

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Letter from the Editor

Read a letter from the Editor in Chief of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Dr. Valerie Cassel Oliver, discussing her editorial approach and the work underway to expand Benezit’s coverage of emerging artists, varied media, and artists of diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

Image of the TEFAF

Grove Guide to the Art Market

Explore the new Grove Art subject guide on the art market, which brings together articles related to finance, art law, provenance, cultural heritage, collecting, connoisseurship, galleries, auction houses, and dealers.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

Collection Guides

Join Benezit on a tour of unique art collections around the world! Written by experts and curators, our Collection Guides present the history and highlights of museums and galleries. Follow links to related texts in Oxford Art Online and around the web to learn more about the artists in these outstanding collections.

Latin American Art

Latin American Art

Grove Art continues a major initiative to revise and expand Grove’s content on Latin American art and architecture. Led by Tom Cummins at Harvard University, this project includes scholarship on topics from the Pre-Columbian period to present day. 


JANUARY 15, 2021

What's new in January 2021

In this update, Grove Art publishes 37 revised articles, in addition to 5 emendations across both dictionaries. Benezit publishes 12 updated biographies.

NOVEMBER 15, 2020

What's new in November 2020

In this update, Grove Art publishes 4 new and 6 revised articles, in addition to 105 emendations across both dictionaries. Benezit publishes 36 updated biographies.

OCTOBER 12, 2020

What's new in October 2020

In this update, Grove Art publishes 33 emendations and Benezit publishes 1 emendation as part of our regular corrections process.