Info in the Arts: Music in the Visual Arts

Image of madonna and child with Angels by Pedro SerraDo you have an interest in the intersections between music and the visual arts?  If so, you should check out the Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM).  Don’t be intimidated by the French name!  This free online database indexes over 2,100 depictions of musical instruments in works of art ranging from the 14th to the mid-20th century.  The database makes it easy to browse or search, by instrument, artist, location, or many other facets.  Many of the records include images or links to the artworks on other websites.  So, curious about how the bagpipe has been depicted throughout history?  Take a look at RIdIM!

— Jessica Hronchek,  Research and Instruction Librarian, Liaison to the Visual and Performing Arts.

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