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Missions in colonial Latin America

Missions in colonial Latin America

During the period of colonial rule, Jesuit missionaries in South America built distinctive churches with local materials. Many mission sites had elements of a utopian project, with monumental architecture, planned villages, and works of art created by indigenous people trained by the Jesuits in European art traditions.

Pedro Figari

Pedro Figari

Uruguayan painter Pedro Figari’s professional work as a defense counsel for the poor brought him into contact with social issues that later informed his art. His paintings focused on Uruguayan life and the celebrations, symbolic rituals, and carnivals of the local black community.

In this update, Grove Art publishes 4 new articles, 21 emendations, and 102 article revisions. Benezit publishes 5 emendations.

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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.

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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.

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UpdateGAO is an ongoing initiative to revise Grove’s articles in collaboration with their original authors, yielding updates to reflect recent developments and new scholarship. Have you contributed to Grove and want to update your article(s)? Let us know.

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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. 



AUGUST 13, 2019

What's new in August 2019

In this update, Grove Art publishes 4 new articles, 21 emendations, and 102 article revisions. Benezit publishes 5 emendations.

JUNE 28, 2019

What's new in June 2019

In this update, Grove Art publishes a completely updated article on Keith Haring, influential artist and activist.

MAY 2, 2019

New blog post - Leonardo 500

A glimpse into the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci is now available on the OUPblog.