Oxford Art Online

Behind the scenes

Oxford Art Online has recently added a large amount of New Zealand content.

Screenshot of Oxford Art Online homepage

Screenshot of Oxford Art Online homepage

Oxford Art Online is an amalgam of several classic art reference books and encyclopedias combined into one searchable database. It includes the Grove Dictionary of Art and every art librarian's favourite: Bénézit's Dictionary of Artists.

To celebrate the addition of New Zealand entries, an old favourite from our collection has been placed on Oxford Art Online's start page, exposing it to thousands of art historians, researchers, students, curators and writers.

This vast body of reliable, scholarly information is not, predictably enough, available free of charge. However our good friends at Christchurch City Libraries have a subscription and all you need to use Oxford Art Online is a library card and a PIN – and they won't cost you a cent.

If you don't live in Christchurch, ask your own public, school, college or university library about Oxford Art Online: chances are they will also have a subscription.