Art resource does more than paint a pretty picture

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013, 8:37 am

Need to understand the differences between Expressionism and Impressionism? Or explore some off-the-wall examples of surrealists? And what does post-modernism mean in architecture, anyway?

Whatever art-related needs or curiosities you may have, Oxford Art Online is a fine place to start looking for answers.

Building upon the magnificent 34-volume Grove Art Encyclopedia, Oxford Art Online also includes the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms and the Oxford Companion to Western Art. You can focus on specific time periods or cultures or styles— from Aboriginal Australia to Etruscan, Rococo to Cubism— or investigate art forms including architecture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and more. You may limit your search to images only, or simply to the Grove Art Encyclopedia.

With Oxford Art Online you can find biographical information about individual artists, such as Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, and follow movements, such as the Mexican muralists and Dadaists. Explore work by geography and culture, including Punuk and Thule art, Buddhist stupas and Chilkat blankets. Investigate theories of art and artistic concepts, such as Formalism and Entarte Kunst.

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