Grove Dictionary of Art

Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols.) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, ed. Hugh Brigstocke (2001).

Grove Art Online is a scholarly art encyclopedia, updated regularly and covering global art and architecture from prehistory to present day. Includes peer-reviewed articles contributed by nearly 7,000 scholars from around the world, accompanied by images, bibliographies, and links to additional resources. Grove Dictionary of Art is part of Oxford Art Online.

Grove Art 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 the large number of entries on the visual arts, Grove Art features a host of learning resources that organize the content for use in art and art history classrooms, making Grove Art an important source for scholars and students alike.

Key features of Grove Art include:

  • 30,000 signed articles and images on every aspect of the visual arts
  • Over 6,000 subject entries and over 20,000 biographies, contributed by nearly 7,000 international scholars – all with bibliographies for further research
  • 7,000 searchable images from such organizations as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as 40,000 editorially selected image links to museums and galleries, which provide visual support for art history scholarship
  • Free learning resources including subject guides, timelines, and resources for educators designed by the Museum of Modern Art (New York)
  • Content updated regularly to reflect the latest scholarship, with new articles and images, revised articles, additions to bibliographies, and corrections 


Make sure you are connected to the UGent network via Athena. Search for the database in the Ghent University library catalogue Click on the link "view online" and you have access to the Grove Dictionary of Art.

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With basic search, you can filter search results after conducting a search. Advanced search allows you to choose more targeted search criterea before conducting a search.

In Tools and Resources you find free resources to be used for research and teaching, created by scholars and specialists for Oxford Art Online, such as: Collection guides, Subject guides, MoMA/Grove Art Resources for Educators, Timelines of World Art, Podcasts and Interviews, Italian Renaissance Learning Resources and Abbreviations Lists.


In the right hand corner of an article you will find different ways for saving or downloading the article or citation:

  • save a pdf of the article on your computer. Once it's saved on your computer, you can attach it to your citation in Endnote.
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  • to export a citation to EndNote: click on the third tile (the pencil), choose EndNote to import your citation to EndNote, click in the pop-up on "open" to import the citation in EndNote . Don't forget: to be able to use EndNote on Athena, you have to start all your other applications (browser, Word, ...) in Athena.
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Last modified Oct. 9, 2022, 5:12 p.m.