About 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. Under the supervision of its Editor in Chief and specialist advisors, Benezit is continually updated to reflect new scholarship, with a special focus on contemporary artists with current or recent exhibitions.

Benezit is unique: its diverse coverage and detailed histories of artists’ works make it an essential resource 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 Dictionary of Art, Benezit offers rare insight into an artist’s life and work.

Those who subscribe to both Grove Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists are able to cross-search the two resources simultaneously, making Oxford Art Online the preeminent gateway to online art reference resources.  Other highly acclaimed art reference works included with a subscription to Benezit include the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2nd edition), The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

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
  • Comprehensive coverage on artists across all media
  • Regular updates to reflect new scholarship, with new articles and images, revised articles, additions to 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, providing an excellent resource for provenance research and authentication
  • Detailed listings of museum holdings, historical auction records, exhibition histories, and bibliographies for further research 

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