Medium Artwork: Drawing
City Sevilla | Region Andalucia | Old kingdom Castile
|Body Lute||Strings strings||Neck Short||Pegbox Obscured|
|Bridge Not visible||Frets Unclear||Back Vaulted||Pegs Unclear|
This pen and ink drawing is found on the title page of the copy of Mudarra’s Tres libros de música held by the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid. It must have been added at some stage by an owner of the book. The figure appears to represent a courtier or gentleman of some kind (judging by the bonnet) playing the lute.
The lute is not depicted with sufficient accuracy to warrant comment. The presence of this lute in a vihuela book, however, underscores the prevalance of the lute in 16th century Spain as first speculted by Diana Poulton (poulton1977) and more recently by Corona-Alcalde (corona2014).