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Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online is an extensive art encyclopedia. It contains more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies of artists, and 500,000 bibliographic citations, as well as timelines of art history and thematic guides.

This full-text database was created through partnerships with major museums including the MMA and MoMA. It also features over 5,000 art images and 40,000 image links.

The website combines: Grove Art Online, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.


Use Oxford Art Online to search for:

  • biographical information on an artist

  • information on an art movement or time period in art history

  • art images

  • ideas for art research papers


How to get to Oxford Art Online

At the Library homepage, click on Online Databases.

Then select Art from the Subject List of Databases.

Scroll down to find Oxford Art Online under Online Encyclopedias and Books.

Or just click O in the Alphabetic List of Databases.


Searching Oxford Art Online

Search by keyword, or choose Advanced Search to limit your search to articles, biographies, images or bibliographies.

You may also search or browse alphabetical lists of ALL CONTENT, BIOGRAPHIES, SUBJECTS, IMAGES, or TOOLS & RESOURCES (Timelines of World Art & Thematic Guides), by using the toolbar on the top of the page.

  • For a printer friendly version, click Print on the right of the screen above the article.

  • To email articles and images, click Email just above the article window.

  • To get citations for articles and images, click Cite, and select a citation format. Then copy and paste the citation into your list of references or bibliography.



For help with your art research contact:

Digital Initiatives/Art Slide Library
Library Room 109
516.299.2928 - clarkin@liu.edu
Hours: M-F, 9-5



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