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Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

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The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) is a structured vocabulary developed primarily for the field of art history. Geographic names from the thesaurus can be used to record the current location of the art object, its place of origin, the loci of activity of the artist, and the sites of the artist's birth and death. The TGN is the only available automated geographical resource that is hierarchical, global in scope, and targeted at researchers, catalogers, librarians, and archivists dealing with the history of art and architecture.

TGN on the Web

The TGN is also available for licensing in two formats created especially for organizations developing their own data management systems.