Guitar on a table, Juan de Horozco y Covarrubias, Emblemas morales, 1589.

(1589) - Juan de Horozco y Covarrubias, Emblemas morales. Segovia: Juan de la Cuesta, 1589 (Biblioteca Pública de Segovia — Signatura: 5479)
instrument: guitarra | century: 16cent/3/late | catalogue nº: 16-317

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Creator Horozco y Covarrubias, Juan de

Medium Artwork: Print


City Segovia | Region Castilla-León | Old kingdom Castile

Body Waisted Strings 4 strings Neck Short Pegbox R/Angled channels
Bridge Fixed Frets Yes Back Flat Pegs Lateral
Technique None

From Juan de Horozco y Covarrubias, Emblemas morales. Segovia: Juan de la Cuesta, 1589. The same woodcut was used in the 1591 reprint. A new woodcut woodcut was used in the 1604 edition. This illustration is at the opening of Emblema 31, on fol. 61. This emblema, in which the guitar is surrounded by other instruments— shawms to the left, recorders to the right, and a harp behind— concerns about the leisure time of youth, and the time to hear music that diminshes with time. No instrument is specifically named in connection with the woodcut, nor within the commentary on the verses. The text accompanying the illustration reads: “Viendo la gente moça entrenida / en cantar y tañer con instrumentos / Thelemaco no quiere se despida / la música, ni dexen sus contentos. / Solo se aparta, porque aquella vida / es del tiempo que sigue otros intentos / Mas ya su edad de veras ocupada / de lo que es passatiempo está olvidada.

Very typical guitar or vihuela shape and proportions: incurved waists, larger lower bout, bridge low on the soundboard, rosette, above the waist, flat back, with four strings depicted.