(30 April 2015) A key research database listing well over half a million artists’ names is now available for free download, modification, and sharing
The Getty Research Institute has released the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)® as Linked Open Data (LOD).
ULAN®, along with the other Getty vocabularies, is created and maintained by the Research Institute and used by art researchers all over the world. It is the third set to be released as Linked Open Data and follows the releases of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)® and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)®. All three vocabularies are now available at vocab.getty.edu, free to download, share, and modify under an Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC BY 1.0).
The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)® is a resource containing more than 650,000 names and biographical information for current and historical artists, architects, patrons, workshops, firms, museums, and other people and groups associated with the creation and history of art, architecture, and other works of cultural heritage. ULAN includes records for identified people, as well as for anonymous “hands.” It also includes links to related people and groups within ULAN, as well as links to places in the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® (TGN) and to terms in the Getty’s renowned thesaurus of cultural heritage terminology, the Art & Architecture Thesaurus® (AAT).
More detail is here.