The Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) is a structured vocabulary, including names, biographies, related people, and other metadata about artists, architects, firms, studios, museums, patrons, sitters, and other people and groups involved in the creation and study of art and architecture.
This controlled vocabulary may be used by someone cataloguing or indexing a collection as it provides preferred names or terms. It may also be helpful in retrieval of information from documentation systems and research into collections as it shows links and paths between subject matter. The ULAN grows and changes via contributions from the user community and editorial work of the Getty Vocabulary Program.
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