Oxford Art Online is the access point for five databases: Grove Art Online (formerly called the Grove Dictionary of Art), the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Oxford Companion to Western Art. These databases can be searched jointly or separately.
Grove Art Online is the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. First published as the Dictionary of Art, the content of Grove Art encompasses all aspects of visual culture. It includes bibliographies as well as thousands of searchable images.
The Benezit Dictionary of Artists has nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day. It covers many obscure artists, and includes images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms provides 1,800 entries on art terms, critical periods, and styles in a quick reference format.
The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics is a comprehensive survey of major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts, from the fine to the popular.
The Oxford Companion to Western Art contains more than 2,600 entries, including art movements, theory, and criticism.
The Ryan Rare Book Room houses many rare and unique volumes, including those on Sacred Architecture. Be sure to check the catalog to see if there are any books related to your research.
The room is accessible by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Please visit the appointment page to request an appointment.
Exploring Architecture Through Early Publications showcases some of our volumes housed in the RRBR that have been digitized and are keyword searchable.