The alto viol SAM 70 belongs to the viol consort by Antonio Ciciliano that was kept in the collection of the art loving and music supporting Obizzi family in Catajo Castle near Padua. There, among other ventures, a theatre with sixteen boxes and two galleries was built, and we can assume that the gambe of Ciciliano originated from this period. Dendrochronological analyses of the bellies of their instruments show that the belly of this instrument dates from short after 1387. (rh/bd)
Lit.: Rudolf Hopfner: Masterpieces from the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. A Short Guide through the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Vol. 1, Vienna 2019
Viola da gamba (viol)
2nd half of the 16th century
Antonio Ciciliano (Venedig, spätes 16. - frühes 17. Jahrhundert)
865 mm x 265 mm x 130 mm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente
Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 70
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