What is the Benezit Dictionary of Artists?

The Benezit Dictionary of Artists provides access to nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day. Benezit is unique among art reference works due to its superb coverage of obscure artists, and the image database of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.

How do I use it?
  • Be inspired by artists across all media, from painters and sculptors to calligraphers, ceramicists, illustrators, installation artists, and performance artists
  • Explore more than 11,000 images of artists signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale
  • Browse through detailed museum listings, bibliographies, exhibition information, and auction records
  • Select your Benezit results separately, or view alongside Grove Art and other Oxford art reference works
For more information on the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, please click here

How do I access it?
Your local public library can give you access within the library, or from home, at the website www.oxfordartonline.com. Simply type in your library card number into the log in box on the website to access the resource.

For librarians
How do I promote it?
We have a number of ways to help you get the most out of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, all available via the Librarian Resource Centre, and all free of charge!

  • Free promotional materials
  • Short introductory PowerPoints
  • Live online training sessions
  • Recorded sessions from the training team
  • Download logos and banners
  • Quizzes
  • Training fact sheets (with ideas for training sessions)
  • Usage statistics
  • MARC records
Find all this and more at our page for librarians.

Our training team are happy to visit libraries for in-house, group sessions – just get in touch at library.marketing@oup.com


Visit the Email Alerts sign up page