Gentleman vihuelist from Diego de San Pedro, Carcel de Amor. (Medina del Campo, 1547).

(1547) -
instrument: vihuela de mano / guitarra | century: 16cent/2/mid | catalogue nº: 16-254

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Creator San Pedro, Diego de

Medium Artwork: Woodcut


City Medina del Campo | Region Castilla-León | Old kingdom Castile

Body Waisted Strings 4 strings Neck Medium Pegbox Angled flat
Bridge Fixed Frets No Back Flat Pegs Rear
Technique Plucked fingers

This print is used in the frontispiece to the 1547 edition of Cárcel de Amor. This is the same print that appears as the frontispiece in Sebastián Fernández’s Tragedia Policiana (Medina del Campo, 1547) -- see 16-205. Two elegant gentlemen stand below a window serenading a lady; one plays a poorly drawn vihuela,

The vihuela or guitar has slightly incurved sides, round soundhole, what appear to be taraceas in the soundboard, and flat bridge. The number of strings is hard to ascertain and is probably limited by the medium of woodcut print. The the pegbox is at a slight angle to the neck. The instrument was first mentioned by Ward (ward1953 15)

The image shown here is from the Tragedia Policiana (Medina del Campo, 1547), fol. 5. (No digitised version of the Cárcel de amor has been located (19/10/2022)