from “Virgen de los Ángeles”, Diego Valentín Díaz, c.1615

(1615/ca) - Valladolid, Church of San Miguel y San Julián.
instrument: vihuela de mano | century: 17cent/1/early | catalogue nº: 17-124a

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Creator Díaz, Diego Valentín

Medium Artwork: Painting


City Valladolid | Region Castilla-León | Old kingdom Castile

Body Waisted Strings Neck Long Pegbox Flat rectangle
Bridge Obscured Frets Yes Back Flat Pegs Rear
Technique Plucked fingers thumb in

“Virgen de los Ángeles”. Oil on Canvas. Diego Valentín Díaz ((Valladolid 1586-Valladolid 1660). 246 x 206 cm. Iglesia de San Miguel y San Julián (Valladolid).
One of the five bowed and plucked stringed instruments in the painting. The full painting is given as 17-124.

Small vihuela depicted with seeming accuracy of detail. The body is small, lightly incurved with both bouts of similar width. Most of the bridge and soundhole are obscured. The neck is long with the neck/body join at about the 14th fret. The number of strings cannot be determined clearly, nor the number of pegs on the pegbox. The instrument is being plucked with the thumb behind the index finger (figueta extranjera). Taken in conjucntion with the vihuela de arco painted alongside this instrument, it could easily have been based on an early sixteenth-century model.