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Oxford Art Online is a gateway into art research. It includes Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. The full text of each of these components may be cross-searched or searched separately.

  • Grove Art Online is a scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes), a comprehensive dictionary of art and artists. Grove Art Online is maintained with a regular update program to articles and bibliographies, and all new content continues to be written and peer reviewed by scholars and specialists. There are also extensive image links and key art images are displayed directly in the text of articles.

  • Benezit Dictionary of Artists includes biographical information for more than 190,000 artists from antiquity to the present day. In addition to biographical information, entries include auction records, museum holdings, bibliographies, and images of artists' signatures, monograms, and stamps.

  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms provides entries on art terms, critical periods, and styles in the visual arts. The quick reference format includes materials, techniques, and foreign terms essential for navigating the current visual climate. Featuring clear definitions of movements and media, from Baroque to Minimalism, aquatint to raku, and canvas to Venetian glass, it provides succinct and accessible explanations of art terms.

  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics is the most substantial English-language reference work devoted solely to the exploration of this subject. It surveys the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society; it is a comprehensive survey of major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts - from painting and sculpture to literature, music, theater, dance, television, film, and popular culture. Of special interest are in-depth surveys of Western aesthetics and broad coverage of non-Western traditions and theories of art.

  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art provides coverage of over 1,700 artists and their work. Articles give fresh treatment to topics of contemporary interest, including art movements, theory, and criticism. In addition to thorough regional and cultural surveys, it lists all relevant museums and galleries under the city of their location, such as Barcelona and Moscow.

Updated: New material and updates to the text are constantly added.
Links: There are thousands of links to color images from high-quality museum and other art sites as well as links to Web sites covering people, places, art forms, styles and movements, institutions, museums, and other organisations, exhibitions, and more.
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Last modified: 05/16/14