RIdIM at Ohio State

Paintings of a woman playing guitar and of a merry fiddler and a Chinese sculpture of a man of horseback playing a stringed instrument
Examples of the performing arts depicted in visual culture. See details about each work below.

The Ohio State University Music & Dance Library hosts the Editorial Center for the Database of Association RIdIM (Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale), one of the four “R-projects” of International Music Research. RIdIM is focused on the cataloging and study of performing arts depicted in visual culture. Database editing activities are coordinated by the Center in consultation with Association RIdIM and its Database Working Group

The primary editing staff are:

  • Project Coordinator: Alan Green (Ohio State University)
  • Editor-in-Chief: Sean Ferguson (Ohio State University)
  • Associate Editors: Michael J. Duffy IV (Western Michigan University) and Jarod Ogier (Ohio State University)

The primary activities of the Editorial Center are:

  • Providing database quality control and maintaining authority lists of names, places and terms
  • Cataloging art works in the RIdIM database
  • Communicating with RIdIM catalogers around the world to provide training, guidance and general support
  • Creating and revising documentation to support RIdIM cataloging
  • Providing testing and feedback for the ongoing database development process
Native American ceremonial dancers painted by George Catlin
Dog Dance - Sioux by George Catlin, American (1796-1872), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)


The banner near the top of this page features the following works:

Young Spanish Woman Playing Guitar, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French (1841-1919), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

Pipa Player on Horseback, Chinese, ca. 600, Museo d'Arte Orientale (Torino, Italy)

The Merry Fiddler, Gerrit van Honthorst, Dutch (1590-1656), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)