Oxford Art, Music and Fashion Resources

Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online

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Database, E-books
General Reference, Humanities
31 Dec 2018

The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources of global artist biographies and covers lesser-known artists sometimes omitted by other reference works. It is accessed via the Oxford Art Online platform.

Grove Art Online is a comprehensive art reference database with 45,000 articles from prehistory to the present day. It covers all aspects of the visual arts globally from prehistory to the present day - from painting, sculpture and architecture to ceramics, textiles and photography. First published as the 34-volume Dictionary of Art edited by Jane Turner, includes thousands of articles, biographies, and searchable images about all aspects of visual art. Also accessible via the Oxford Art Online platform.

(oxfordmusiconline.com/public) Grove Music Online is a reference database with 80,000 articles and biographies covering international music and musicians. It is accessible via the Oxford Music Online platform.

Art and architecture, including visual arts from pre-history to present day (from Paleolithic cave and rock art to the work of Frida Kahlo and Damien Hirst), fine art (painting, sculpture and architecture), and the decorative arts (ceramics, textiles, jewellery, interior design, furniture, glass, metalwork and more).

Music, including the history of music and cultural studies

Grove Art Online:

  • Cross-searchable access to the full text of the 34-volume Dictionary of Art plus specially-commissioned articles and updated bibliographies only available online.
  • Access to The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
  • 45,000 signed articles
  • Over 7,000 international contributors and international coverage of artists and their work
  • Over 21,000 biographies
  • More than 500,000 bibliographic citations
  • Access to over 6,000 searchable images from art organizations, and over 40,000 editorially-selected image links
  • Linking via partnerships to other subject specific online resources, including ARTstor
  • Direct links from biographies to other online resources, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Learning resources: timelines, lesson plans, thematic guides
  • New and revised content added three times a year

Grove Music Online:

  • Cross-search the full text (with updated content and bibliographies) of the 29-volume print edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd edition), the 4-volume New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the 3-volume New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd edition) plus specially-commissioned articles only available online
  • Also offers full text access to The Oxford Companion to Music (2011) and The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2nd edition)
  • Over 30,000 biographies
  • Over 6,000 international contributors and international coverage of music and musicians
  • 500+ Sibelius-enabled audio examples.
  • Topical guides, musical timelines, and research resources
  • Information on musical instruments with images and diagrams
  • Detailed works lists for a vast range of composers
  • Sound links and new multimedia links are now available for selected articles
  • Article level links to the Classical Music Library and the RILM database of music bibliography
  • Ability to refine searches by source, type, and subjects supports sophisticated research projects
  • Over 50,000 signed articles
  • Direct links from biographies to other online resources, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Learning resources including timelines, index of opera roles, essential 20th-century reading list, topical guides, research resources
  • Updated three times a year with new and revised content