Medium Artwork: Woodcut
City Madrid | Region Madrid | Old kingdom Castile
|Body Lute||Strings 4 strings||Neck Short||Pegbox R/Angled flat|
|Bridge Fixed||Frets Yes||Back Vaulted||Pegs Rear|
Sebastián de Covarrubias Orozco, Emblemas morales. Madrid: Luis Sanchez, 1610, fol. 154, centuria 2, emblema 54.
Quite a good representation of a lute, with some inaccuracies possible due to the size of the woodcut and perhaps the lack of a reliable model to copy.
The text, however, makes no mistake of its identity” “I am a lute, of extremely beautiful voice, of ebony and ivory with strings of gold” going on to say that sounding poorly when played by someone who knows not how to play, but marvelous in the hands of an expert. [text in “Documents”]