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

(1615/ca) - Valladolid: Church of San Miguel y San Julián.
instrument: vihuela de arco | century: 16cent | catalogue nº: 17-124b

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Creator Díaz, Diego Valentín

Medium Artwork: Painting


City Valladolid | Region Castilla-León | Old kingdom Castile

Body Corners Strings 4 strings Neck Long Pegbox R/Angled flat
Bridge Fixed Frets No Back Flat Pegs Rear
Technique Bowed a braccio

“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.

Vihuela de arco with cornered waists, probably quite antiquated by the time of the painting. The body has a circular sound hole and a flat bridge, and some evidence of C-holes near the bridge and on the upper bouts. It also has a lute-styled pegbox as more commonly seen in some late 15th-century Italian instruments, although the pegs enter from the rear. The bow is held from below, as a violin, but must necessarily bow all the strings. This evidence suggests that it may have been copied from an earlier example.