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Catherine wheel or rose window? Mona Lisa or La Gioconda? Gaochang or Qara-Hoja? The Getty Vocabularies contain structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, visual surrogates, conservation, and bibliographic materials. Compliant with international standards, they provide authoritative information for catalogers, researchers, and data providers. The Getty Vocabularies strive to be ever more multilingual, multi-cultural, and inclusive. The vocabularies grow through contributions from institutions and projects comprising the expert user community. In the new linked, open environments, the Getty Vocabularies may provide a powerful conduit for research and discovery for digital art history. To search the vocabularies, click on the links below. Explore options for contributing or obtaining the Getty Vocabularies data by clicking on links in the left navigation bar.
AAT is a thesaurus containing generic terms, dates, relationships, sources, and notes for work types, roles, materials, styles, cultures, techniques, and other concepts related to art, architecture, and other cultural heritage (e.g., amphora, oil paint, olieverf, acetolysis, sintering, orthographic drawings, Olmeca, Rinascimento, Buddhism, watercolors, asa-no-ha-toji, sralais).
CONA compiles titles/names and other metadata for works of art, architecture, and other cultural works, current and historical, documented as items or in groups, whether works are extant, destroyed, or never built; in development, may be used to record works depicted in visual surrogates and for other purposes (e.g., Florentine Codex, Codice Fiorentino, Guernica, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Chayasomesvara Temple, Hagia Sofia, The Great Wave, Kanagawa oki nami ura, Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, Venus de Milo).
Getty IA is a thesaurus that covers topics relevant to art, architecture, and related disciplines; includes multilingual proper names, relationships, and dates for iconographical narratives, religious or fictional characters, themes, historical events, and named literary works and performing arts (e.g., Bouddha couché, Adoration of the Magi, Flood of Deucalion, French Revolution, Xibalba, Niflheim, Shiva, Apedemak, Tumatauenga).
TGN focuses on places relevant to art, architecture, and related disciplines, recording names, relationships, place types, dates, notes, and coordinates for current and historical cities, nations, empires, archaeological sites, lost settlements, and physical features. TGN is not comprehensive, but tailored to the needs of its core audience. TGN is a thesaurus that may be linked to GIS and maps (e.g., Thebes, Diospolis, Ottoman Empire, Mogao Caves, Ch'ien-fu-tung, Ganges River).
ULAN contains names, relationships, notes, sources, and biographical information for artists, architects, firms, studios, repositories, patrons, and other individuals and corporate bodies, both named and anonymous (e.g., Titian, Tiziano Vecellio, Mark Rothko, Cai Xiang, Crevole Master, Altobelli & Molins, Rajaraja Museum, Jenaer Glaswerk Schott).
CDWA is a set of guidelines and cataloging rules for the description of art, architecture, and other cultural works. CDWA advises which fields and categories in art metadata are appropriate for the use of vocabularies. CDWA represents common practice and advises best practice for cataloging, based on surveys and consensus building with the user community.
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