Angel playing waisted vihuela de arco. El Maestro de Osma, c. 1500. Detail

(1500/ca) - Burgo de Osma: Catedral.
instrument: vihuela de arco | century: 15cent/3/late 16cent/1/early | catalogue nº: 15-326

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Creator anon

Medium Artwork: Painting


City Burgo de Osma (Soria) | Region Castilla-León | Old kingdom Castile

Body Waisted Strings 3 strings Neck Long Pegbox Angled channels
Bridge Button Frets Yes Back Pegs Lateral
Technique Bowed a gamba

Female figure playing vihuela de arco‘The Assumption of the Virgin’ El Maestro de Osma. Castilian School. Dated ca 1500.

The body of the instrument is very shallow with gently incurved waists, 4 small intarsia decorations on the shoulders. These could be soundholes as there are none depicted otherwise. No bridge is visible although the three strings appear to be attached to a tailpiece at the lower end. It is furnished with a long neck with 6 frets. Th pegbox is channelled in the style of a lute with lateral pegs. It is depicted as if really being played with a realistic deployment of the left-hand fingers as well as the bow held with an underhand grip.