Here we are at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, contemplating Giovanni Paolo Pannini's 1757 version of a database! The painting at the MFA is one of 4 similar ones Pannini painted for the Duke de Choisel. Here is a webpage with the others.
And here is a pic of Candice Breitz's video installation, Queen (A Portrait of Madonna), comprised of 30 screens of Madonna fans recorded individually singing the entire 73-minute Immaculate Collection album acapella (to us, while listening to it on earphones). Interesting to think about these two works alongside each other, frames against frames, windows into the culture of their times.