Oxford Art

We are pleased to announce that Coventry Libraries and Information Service now provides access to Grove Art Online, the authority on art from pre-history to present day.

Grove Art Online is the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. First published as the landmark 34-volume Dictionary of Art, the content of Grove Art 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 organizations.

Through the Oxford Art Online gateway, users can access the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference titles in one location. Grove Art Online includes access to the full text of The Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, as well as articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.

Grove Art Online is a living resource, with scholars and specialists from around the world continually reviewing and updating existing content and contributing new articles. In addition to its vast number of entries on the visual arts, Grove Art Online features a host of exceptional learning resources that organize the content for use in art and art history classrooms.

User benefits

  • Over 30,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts for comprehensive coverage of painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, interior design, furniture, glass, metalwork, artists, patrons, places, styles, groups, movements, institutions, museums, and more
  • Over 20,000 biographies of artists, architects, patrons, collectors, dealers, writers, and more
  • Over 7,000 searchable images and 40,000 editorially selected image links
  • Learning resources including resources designed by the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
  • Thematic guides and timelines
  • More than 500,000 biographical citations
  • Regular updates keep you up to date on the most current thinking by top scholars

“This is a magnificent resource: a vast encyclopedia of art, with both internal and external hyperlinks to even more material … what sets this site apart is the sheer quality of the source of information … This is a remarkable resource and one which is well worth paying for.” - The Guardian

You can use Oxford Art for free as part of your library membership. Not a member? Join the library.

How to use Oxford Art 

Use Oxford Art online via the website 

  • Go to Oxford Art
  • You will need your library card number (the 14-digit number on the back of your library card)


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