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Viola da mano player. From a Venetian glass bowl, late 15th century.

(1490s) - Cleveland Museum of Art.
instrument: viola da mano (vihuela) | century: 15cent | catalogue nº: 15-358

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Creator

Medium Artwork: Painting

Location

City Cleveland Venice | Region Italy | Old kingdom Venice

Characteristics
Body Waisted Strings 5 strings Neck Long Pegbox Sickle
Bridge Fixed Frets Yes Back Pegs Lateral
Technique Plucked fingers thumb in
Commentary

ARTWORK
Enameled glass bowl. Late 15th century Venetian. Cleveland Museum of Art. Formerly from the collection of Baron Maurice von Rothchild. This item does not currently appear in the on-line catalogue of the Cleveland Museum [accessed 27/09/2014]. The bowl is adorned with musicians playing viola da mano, tambourine, rebec and lute.

INSTRUMENT
This viola da mano is plucked by a cherub figure using his with the fingers, but held high on his chest just below his chin. A bowed rebec (looks more like a gittern /guitarra) and a lute are also depicted. The date (late 15th-century) places these instruments as contemporary with the Italian instruments of Isabella d’Este made in Venice by Lorenzo de Pavia. Similar footed bowls of this kind, made of blue cobalt glass are dated from the 1490s.

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