Angel playing a vihuela. Fresco on the triumphal arch of the Iglesia Mayor, Castronuño (Valladolid)

() - Castronuño (Valladolid), Iglesia Mayor
vihuela de mano - 16cent - instrument 16-004

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Creator anon

Medium Artwork: Fresco


City Castronuño Region Castilla-León Old kingdom Castile


Body Corners

Bridge Fixed

Strings strings

Frets Unclear

Neck Long

Back Flat

Pegbox Angled flat

Pegs None

Technique Plucked


Although the only photograph consulted so far (shown here) is not detailed, it depicts to be of an angel playing a vihuela de mano. From the photo here, the instrument appears to be a vihuela de mano, plucked rather than bowed as described by Angel de la Lama [lama1981].

The instrument is part of a larger fresco on the triumphal arch in the medieval church in Castronuño (Province of Valladolid). The arch is approx 2m wide and 4m high. The painting is described by Jesús Angel de la Lama [lama1981] and subsequent in the book [lama1982]. In the 1981 article, he describes the painting as “a fresco of immense symbolic and musical value: the anonymous brush that made it wished to depict the Holy Trinity crowning Our Lady, while a group of angel musicians play a concert of wind and string instruments.” [un fresco de inmenso valor simbólico y musical: el pincel anónimo que lo estampó quiso representar a la Santísima Trinidad coronando a Nuestra Señora, mientras un grupo de ángeles músicos interpretan un concierto con instrumentos de viento y cuerda.] Lama identifies two of the five angels musicians as playing trumpets, while he claims the other three play vihuela de arco, harp and organ with other angels holding the music from which they play. The precise date of the painting is unknown.

Reproductions (accessed 7/10/2019)