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Oxford Art Online

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This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Oxford Art Online (formerly known as Grove Art Online) is the foremost scholarly art encyclopaedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. First published as the landmark 34-volume Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner, the content of Oxford Art Online encompasses all aspects of visual culture. It features articles about topics as varied as Fauvism and Frida Kahlo, bibliographies for further research, and thousands of searchable images made available through Oxford's partnerships with museums, galleries, and other outstanding arts organisations.

The resource

  • An authoritative and comprehensive one-stop resource for all of your art research needs, from the novice student to the advanced scholar
  • More than 500,000 bibliographical citations, which can be searched independently or within the text
  • 45,000 signed articles and images on every aspect of the visual arts
  • 21,000 biographies of artists, architects, patrons, collectors, dealers, theorists, writers, and scholars, searchable by name, birth/death dates, place or origin/activity, and occupation
  • Over 6,000 searchable images, as well as 40,000 editorially-selected image links to museums and galleries, provide essential visual support in research
  • Ongoing updates of content and images enhance coverage of significant areas of the visual arts

Search and discover

  • Use Advanced search or Quick search to find the content you need
  • Narrow your choices by content type (e.g. artwork, artist signatures, stamps of sale, etc.) or category (people, geography, time periods, etc.)
  • Search within articles or for full text results only
  • Jump directly to any section of an entry with one click
  • Access to visual content for an entry using the image tab
  • Browse by biographies, subject entries, or images
  • Expand research via featured related content

Sharing and citations tools

  • Share content with the ability to print or email search results
  • Export entries to citation software, or copy and cite

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