The Getty Vocabularies

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The Getty Vocabularies: The AAT, TGN, ULAN, and CONA contain structured terminology for art and other material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, and bibliographic materials. Compliant with international standards, they provide authoritative information for catalogers and researchers, and can be used to enhance access to databases and Web sites. The Getty Vocabularies grow through contributions.

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The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) ®
Catherine wheel or rose window? AAT is a structured vocabulary, including terms, descriptions, and other information for generic concepts related to art and architecture.

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Usage Stories:

It is our hope that we can all learn from each other, so please don't be shy about letting the community know how the LOD versions of the Getty Vocabularies are useful in your work. The best way to do this is to post to the Q&A forum as described in the 'Questions and Comments' section above.

Explore the Dataset:

  • Text search: Use 'Brief' to search only terms. Use 'Full' to search scope notes and terms. Enter either text or concept ID in the query box. Multiple words in the text are 'AND'ed.
  • SPARQL Query: Click on the ‘SPARQL’ link above. Sample queries are included below the query box.


The data is released under Open Data Commons Attribution License. Adherence to ODC Attribution instructions for the correct assertion of attribution is encouraged. The preferred form of attribution for AAT is:

"This [title or report or article or dataset] contains information from Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)® which is made available under the ODC Attribution License."

Special Case: In circumstances where providing the full attribution statement above is not technically feasible, the use of canonical AAT URIs is adequate to satisfy Section 4.3 of the ODC Attribution License.


Future Publications


The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) ®
London or Londinium? TGN is a structured vocabulary, including names, descriptions, and other information for places important to art and architecture.

July 2014


The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) ®
Titian or Tiziano Vecellio? ULAN
is a structured vocabulary, including names, biographies, and other information about artists and architects.

January 2015


The Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA) ®
Mona Lisa or La Gioconda? CONA
a new vocabulary now accepting contributions, includes titles, attributions, and other information for art and architecture.

July 2015

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Updated 19 February 2014