Angel playing vihuela, in painting of “Santa Agueda” 15th century Hispano-Flemish style.

(1500) - Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
instrument: vihuela de arco | century: 16cent | catalogue nº: 16-009

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Creator anon

Medium Artwork: Painting


City Barcelona | Region Catalonia | Old kingdom Aragon

Body Corners Strings 3 strings Neck Long Pegbox Flat circular
Bridge Tailpiece Frets Yes Back Pegs Lateral
Technique Bowed a braccio

The provenance of the painting is the Capilla de Santa Ágata, a chapel in the Plaza del Rey, Barcelona, now in the collection of the Museu d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona, catalogue number 004513-000.\ It is Currently on long-term loan in ICUB Museu d'Història de la Ciutat. It was acquired from the Panidura collection in 1932. Some references to this painting confuse its authorship between the Maestro de Osma and the Maestro de Burgo de Osma, more than half a century earlier.

Vihuela de arco with cornered waists. Circular soundhole in the centre of the soundboard. Diamond shaped “taracea” decorations on the corners of the soundboard. Curved bridge. 3 strings attached to tailpiece. Long neck with 7 frets. Circular pegbox, partially hollow with six lateral pegs. Played by an angel.

Photo: — slide 11 (accessed 20/04/2018)