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The Union List of Artist Names
The Union List of Artist Names

Research Institute Staff

Getty Research Institute

"Essential for research libraries, this source is recommended in the highest terms for the collections of many museums, universities, etc."


The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) is a directory of names and biographical information for two hundred thousand artists and architects. Researchers can examine variant spellings of names from a wide-range of contemporary and historical sources, including abstracting and indexing services, visual resource collections, object collections, and scholarly documentation projects.

Names in the ULAN are supplemented by citations to more than twenty-seven thousand reference sources, covering biographical dictionaries, scholarly articles, and historical documents including inventories and auction records.

ULAN on the Web

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