Italian angel vihuelists. Anon. (Ludovico Mazzolino or Michele Coltellini?). 1502-1505.

(1505) - Ferrara: Santa Maria della Consolazione.
instrument: viola da mano (vihuela) | century: 16cent/1/early | catalogue nº: 16-116a

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Creator anon

Medium Artwork: Fresco


City Ferrara | Region Italy | Old kingdom Ferrara

Body Waisted Strings 6 courses Neck Long Pegbox Sickle
Bridge Fixed Frets Yes Back Flat Pegs Lateral
Technique Plucked fingers thumb in

A pair of angel vihuelists from the “Coronation of the Virgin with angel concert”, anon. (Ludovico Mazzolino or Michele Coltellini?). Painted between 1502 and 1505. Fresco, Santa Maria della Consolazione in Ferrara, apse. Godt (godt1989) reports that the fresco was commissioned by Ercole I d'Este and completed by 1505. Depicted accurately are a vihuela de mano, violone, viola da gamba with an endpin, lira da braccio, viola da braccio, harp, rebec, lute, tenor shawm, tambourine, and a still unsolved canon in the hands of a singer. Less accurately drawn are five more wind instruments and an imaginary “humanistic” instrument.

A wide-bodied viola da mano with incurved waists, a flat back, fixed bridge and central rosette leading to a long fretted neck and a sickle pegbox with 11 pegs. Godt informs that it is 6 courses (5x2 + 1x1). Minamino asserts this to be the earliest evidence of the viola da mano in Ferrara. (minamino2004-2)