Angel playing vihuela de arco. Anonymous, Majorcan or Valencian

(1500ca) - Valencia: Museo de Bellas Artes.
instrument: vihuela de arco | century: 16cent/1/early | catalogue nº: 16-105a

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Creator anon

Medium Artwork: Painting


City Valencia | Region Valencia | Old kingdom Aragon

Body Corners Strings 5 strings Neck Long Pegbox Unclear
Bridge Fixed Frets Unclear Back Flat Pegs Unclear
Technique Bowed a gamba

Anonymous ‘Coronation of the Virgin’. Majorcan or Valencian School. Dated early 16th century. Woodfield gives the context of the painting. For a long time, the only image available of this instrument (such as the one repreoduced by Woodfield) was an old black and white print. The image here was supplied by the Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia in 2020.

This bowed vihuela has a small more or less oval body, small cornered waists, and a circular soundhole in middle of the body. It has 5 strings (or 4?) attached to flat bridge, therefore only able to allow all the strings to sound at once. The pegbox and pegs are not easily distinguishable in the photograph.