Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online
Grove Art Online
Connection note

Rutgers is limited to 13 simultaneous users of this resource.


On the Oxford Art Online platform, Rutgers can access the following important visual arts reference sources:

  • Grove Art Online
  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art
  • The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

The most important resource on the platform, Grove Art Online, contains over 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts - painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography - from prehistory to the present day. Grove Art Online is regularly updated with new and revised content. Grove Art Online includes:

  • biographies of painters, sculptors, graphic artists, architects, furniture makers, ceramists, photographers, illuminators, calligraphers and more
  • increased emphasis and new articles on women artists, as part of the multi-art women artist's project
  • biographies of patrons, collectors, agents and dealers
  • Articles on criticism, theory, and philosophy of art
  • survey articles on the cultures and civilizations of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australia
  • country surveys for every country recognized by the United Nations, from Afghanistan to Zambia
  • more than 1,350 articles on towns and cities
  • artistic styles and movements in both Western and non-Western art
  • major art forms
  • subject-matter and iconography
  • materials, techniques and conservation
  • general issues in art

Additionally, Grove Art Online provides access to more than 6,000 images through partnerships with major organizations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Art Resource, Art Images for College Teaching (AICT), and numerous international galleries and individual artists. Due to copyright restrictions, not all the images available in the print edition of the Grove Dictionary of Art are available in the online edition.

Oxford Art Online also provides shorter articles on a variety of art topics from The Oxford Companion to Western Art, definitions of art terms from The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and lengthy entries on over 500 philosophers from The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. The source of each article will be indicated in the search results. In general, the articles from Grove Art Online will be more substantial than articles from The Oxford Companion to Western Art.

 The Oxford Art Online platform also includes the Benezit Dictionary of Artists​. Rutgers cannot access the Benezit Dictionary of Artists​.

Dates covered

Prehistoric times to the present day.

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