Oxford Art Online has completed their Fall update for Grove Art Online, the mast significant of the four components of Oxford Art Online, along with the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.
The Science and Contemporary Art Update
The Fall update includes a variety of new and revised essays and biographies that examine the propensity of artists working in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to incorporate aspects of science in their work. Essays include Science and Contemporary Art and Science and Art. Twelve biographies have also been added or revised.
Samples of topics covered within these two essays include:
- Artists as amateur scientists.
- Artists adopt scientific tools and materials.
- Critiquing the ideology of science.
- The visual culture of science.
- The nature of nature.
- Marveling at the universe.
- Ways in which scientific knowledge has affected art.
- The study of science and art as related activities.
The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art
The new update also unveils the first access to new articles from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art, edited by Colum P. Hourihane, Director of the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University.
Highlights from this group of new essays inlude:
- Arthurian legends in medieval art
- Astrology, medieval
- Female monasticism
- International Center of Medieval Art
- Legends in medieval art
- Sarajevo Haggadah
- Spolia in medieval art and architecture
Grove Encyclopedia of American Art
Since early 2010, Grove Art has added several groups of articles from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan Marter, Professor of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Editor of Woman’s Art Journal. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of Art, The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art will deal with all aspects of American art from Native American architecture to contemporary installation art.
Updated Bibliographies: Italian Renaissance
The Fall update also adds newly revised bibliographies for more than 550 entries pertaining to the Italian Renaissance.
Grove Updating Program
In order to uphold the relevance and scholarly integrity of Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press is embarking on a major new program to update existing articles. They have completed eleven updates since 2005, with all but two occurring within the past three years.
About Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online along with three other major Oxford art reference resources in one location. Users can choose to view biographies, subject entries, or images when searching or browsing. This functionality gives users access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,500 images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as access to more than 5,000 entries and 500 images from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Thematic timelines and learning resources also provide users with powerful tools for navigating the content, and context-sensitive help pages are available throughout the site to guide users through the features and functionality.