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Viola da gamba (viol)

2nd half of the 16th century, Manufacturer: Antonio Ciciliano



Viola da gamba (viol)

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

Location: Neue Burg, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente Saal 10

Object data

Object Name

Viola da gamba (viol)


Italy, Venice


2nd half of the 16th century


Antonio Ciciliano (Venedig, spätes 16. - frühes 17. Jahrhundert)

Dimensions Cover size is a museum or exhibition-specific information. It does not specify the real dimensions of the musical instrument.

865 mm x 265 mm x 130 mm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente

Inv. No.

Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 70

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