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Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon / Artists of the World (AKL)

The database Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon Online / Artists of the World Online is the world’s most contemporary, reliable and extensive reference work on artists. It contains authoritative, up-to-date biographical information on more than 1 million artists.

The database offers biographies in full text from A to Z. The greatly extended scope is due to the incorporation of the renowned Thieme-Becker/Vollmer encyclopaedia, the Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon and the Lexikon der Künstlerinnen into the database. The number of full-text biographies doubled, as did the number of articles appearing not only in German but also in the original language.

The database now offers articles “online first”. This means that the articles are published online immediately, often long before they appear in print. Several thousand art history sources are evaluated on an ongoing basis for the database, and the content is continually updated and expanded.

ARTbibliographies Modern

ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogues, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.

ABM is the premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography since its invention. It includes abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. The coverage of ABM is wide-ranging and includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artist’s books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today. Through a single gateway users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.

Oxford Art Online provides complete access to Grove Art Online, the foremost scholarly art encyclopaedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. The content of Grove Art encompasses all aspects of visual culture. It features articles about topics as varied as Fauvism and Frida Kahlo, bibliographies for further research, and thousands of searchable images made available through Oxford’s partnerships with museums, galleries, and other outstanding arts organizations. 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 vast number of entries on the visual arts, Grove Art features a host of exceptional learning resources that organize the content for use in art and art history classrooms, making Grove Art an essential source for scholars and students alike.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences

JSTOR is a not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.

The 185 titles in the JSTOR Art & Art History Collection span the artistic cultures of many different countries as well as time periods.  A sampling of titles includes:

  • American Art Journal
  • Archives of Asian Art
  • Berliner Museen
  • Fine Arts Journal
  • Kunst des Orients
  • Modern Art


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