Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Musical Instruments in Vermeer's Paintings: The Lute

The Divine Lute1

Now divine aire, now is hi soule ravisht, is it not strange that sheepes guts should hale soules out of mens bodies?

William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing

Shakespeare was only one of many writers of his day who attributed to the lute the power to transport the listener into a kind of ecstasy; for throughout the Renaissance the lute's ravishing tone made it the most esteemed and admired of all musical instruments. The fame of the greatest players spread through all Europe, and the doors of royal courts and palaces were open to them (a number were consequently employed as spies) while instruments by the most famous makers could fetch astronomical...

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