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Angel vihuelista from a ‘Coronation of the Virgin’ by a painter of the Valencian School.

() - González-Martí collection, Valencia (unconfirmed)
vihuela de mano - 15cent/3/late 16cent/1/early - instrument 15-327a

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Artwork

Creator Maestro de San Lázaro

Medium Artwork: Painting

Location

City Valencia Region Valencia Old kingdom Aragon

Characteristics

Body Waisted

Bridge Fixed

Strings 7 strings

Frets Yes

Neck Long

Back Flat

Pegbox Angled channels

Pegs Lateral

Technique Plucked fingers thumb out

Commentary

ARTWORK
Regarded as anonymous by some writers, some art historians have attributed the painting that includes this angel to be the work of the Maestro of San Lázaro. This is not confirmed, however. Woodfield dated the painting as early 16th century (woodfield1984), whereas Bordas suggests that it might be from the late 15th-century. The painting includes both a vihuela de mano and vihuela de arco 15-327b.

INSTRUMENT
A female angels is playing vihuela. It is a remarkable detailed image. The body has gently incurved waists and the sound hole is placed very high on the soundboard. There is a diamond-shaped decoration in the centre of body at join to neck. The flat bridge is also located very low on the soundboard. Seven strings are tied to the bridge. The body is very shallow and flat. It has a long neck with 6 double frets. The fingerboard has two broad dark strips on the sides, with a lighter strip in the middle. Return pegbox. Side pegs.

Regarding the collection of Manuel Gonzáez Martí, see http://mnceramica.mcu.es/historia.html

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