Creator Pisano, Niccolò
Medium Artwork: Painting
City Ferrara | Region Italy | Old kingdom Ferrara
|Body Corners||Strings 7 strings||Neck Medium||Pegbox Sickle|
|Bridge Fixed||Frets Yes||Back||Pegs Lateral|
|Technique Plucked fingers thumb in|
An angel playing a viola da mano [vihuela]. Detail from a larger painting of the Madonna and Child.
This instrument is reminiscent of 15th-century images of vihuelas with strongly pronounced cornered waists. The waist is approx 1/3 of body length. The instrument is average size, the bridge is covered by the player’s right hand but appears to be placed about 1/3 of distance from bottom of body to neck, very high. The instrument has two c-holes, no rose, almost in centre of body. The body is presumably shallow. It has a broad neck with four frets visible, sickle shaped pegbox with six pegs (single courses?). The right hand plucks with a thumb-under position, but a clear hand position. It appears not to be an accurate depiction of a real player. This is an instrument that looks very much like what might be expected of a bowed viola. It could be an example of a multi-purpose vihuela, although it would also be plausible to think of it as a bowed vihuela being plucked. This could be attributable to the use of stock cartoons in the artist’s workshop, and not a good depiction of actual practice.