I have 2 content types: Artist & Artwork

Artwork contains an Entity reference field pointing to a single Artist called "Artist"

I have 2 views:

  1. Artist Detail - A page view showing a single artist using title (artist's name) as contextual filter so url is human readable. eg. myexhibit/pablo-picasso
  2. All artwork by an artist - A block view listing art by a specific artist using the "Artist" Entity reference field as contextual filter

I want to embed view #2 into the header of view #1 so that art tied to that artist appears on the Artist Detail page view.

I can get it to work if I change my filter on #1 to filter by Node ID and then pass that Contextual Filter to the embedded view. But I don't really want my URL to be myexhibit/213.

Is there a way to pass the node ID of the node matching the argument "pablo-picasso" to the embedded view? Or a way to get the embedded view's contextual filter to work using a node title rather than the NID referenced in the Entity Reference field?

  • By which way did you create Artist Detail page?
    – ya.teck
    Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 16:11
  • It's a page view. Basically display Artist content type only showing the Artist whose "title" appears as an argument in the url. So myexhbit/pablo-picasso shows only the Artist node titled "Pablo Picasso". I am using a view to accomplish this rather than just a default "Artist" page because I want only certain artists tied to a specific exhibition to have artist detail pages.
    – Tantalus
    Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 16:16

2 Answers 2


You can use myexhibit/NID url for this view page and then set up an alias (for example myexhibit/TITLE). If you want to make this page only for certain artists you can filter them by node ID.

  • Thanks. This would work, but creating many aliases is more effort for my client than than it would be worth to maintain human-reabable URLs.
    – Tantalus
    Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 16:50
  • I think pathauto module can help you.
    – ya.teck
    Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 19:08
  • Pathauto solution works but is a heavy-handed way to do something that I know has to have a more automated solution. My guess is that the answer lies somewhere in the PHP Validation of the contextual filter. Something along the lines of "If $argument is not a number, get node by title (the title being the argument), pass that node's NID as the argument to the sub-views"
    – Tantalus
    Commented Aug 8, 2013 at 19:12

The embedded view doesn't work with node title argument because it's a title of parent node (Artist). To get it working you should add relation to the Artist node type and specify it in argument settings.

  • Sounds logically, yet it doesn't work as it supposed to be. I guess it needs more than that, PHP code validation I'm afraid - no out of the box solution. Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 8:10

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