Creator Maestro de Javierre
Medium Artwork: Painting
City Lérida | Region Catalonia | Old kingdom Aragon
|Body Corners||Strings 4 strings||Neck Long||Pegbox Obscured|
|Bridge Tailpiece||Frets Unclear||Back Flat||Pegs Obscured|
|Technique Bowed a braccio|
See full details in 16-137. One of the four main instruments in the painting. Played by an angel. Alvarez suggests if to be from the 15th century, but it seems more likely to be from the early 16th (alvarez1982, 1085).
This instrument is painted with considerable detail. It is a shallow soundbox with cornered waists with a circular soundhole placed in the centre. It has a flat bridge with the strings attached to a tailpiece, with what appear to be three double courses. (This is strongly suggestive of a fifteenth-century origin). The purfling around the joins of the soundboard and back to the ribs suggests an instrument made from multiple pieces. The neck is long and the nut and pegbox are hidden. The angel musician plays with a long bow across all the strings. It appears to have faintly depicted frets tied to the neck. The bow is a quite thick piece of wood.
Batov website: www.vihuelademano.com
Alvarez Martínez, Rosario. “Los instrumentos musicales en la plástica española durante la Edad Media: los cordófonos.” 3 Vols. Diss. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1982.
Goodwin, Chris [et al]. “Lutes and vihuelas in Lleida, Catalonia, by Chris Goodwin et al”. Lutezine 123 (October 2017): 36-43.