Union List of Artist Names
ULAN, published by the Getty Research Institute, is a structured vocabulary that contains over 250,000 names and other information about artists. Coverage is from Antiquity to the present, and the geographical scope is global. The scope includes any individual or corporate body involved in the design or creation of art and architecture. The focus of each record is the artist. Linked to each record are names, relationships (including student-teacher relationships), locations (for birth, death, and activity), important dates (such as for birth and death), notes, and sources for the data. Names for any artist can include the vernacular, English, other languages, natural order, inverted order, nicknames, and pseudonyms. The database is updated monthly. ULAN typically has more variant names and better biographical information than the Library of Congress Name Authority File.