A look at the history of The Viol or viola da gamba that was immensely popular among amateur and professional musicians alike from Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A look at the history of The Viol or viola da gamba that was immensely popular among amateur and professional musicians alike from Metropolitan Museum of Art.

John Rose | Bass Viola da Gamba | London, ca. 1600. Absolutely amazing decoration on the back of this extremely early viol.

John Rose | Bass Viola da Gamba | London, ca. 1600. Absolutely amazing decoration on the back of this extremely early viol.

Period Case Accompanying Tenor Viola da Gamba by Gregor Karpp, Königsberg, East Prussia, 1693

Period Case Accompanying Tenor Viola da Gamba by Gregor Karpp, Königsberg, East Prussia, 1693

Tenor viola da gamba (?) 1725–50 Attributed to Johann Joseph Elsler (German, died in 1747 German) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Tenor viola da gamba (?) 1725–50 Attributed to Johann Joseph Elsler (German, died in 1747 German) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Tenor viola da gamba, about 1600 Attributed to Richard Blunt (English, active about 1590–1610 English) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Tenor viola da gamba, about 1600 Attributed to Richard Blunt (English, active about 1590–1610 English) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

John Rose | Bass Viola da Gamba | London, ca. 1600. The viol has a flat back and slopping shoulders. Beautifully decorated ribs and scroll.

John Rose | Bass Viola da Gamba | London, ca. 1600. The viol has a flat back and slopping shoulders. Beautifully decorated ribs and scroll.

Treble viola da gamba by John Hoskin, England, 1609. Body only. Ex colls.: W. E. Hill & Sons, London; John Pringle, Chapel Hill. Board of Trustees, 1986.

Treble viola da gamba by John Hoskin, England, 1609. Body only. Ex colls.: W. E. Hill & Sons, London; John Pringle, Chapel Hill. Board of Trustees, 1986.

Charlie Ogle - Viola da gamba after Joachim Tielke (1641-1719)

Charlie Ogle - Viola da gamba after Joachim Tielke (1641-1719)

Gaudenzio Ferrari: Frescoes of the Cathedral of Saronno (ca. 1535) showing an early viola da gamba in the form of a vihuela (guitar)

Gaudenzio Ferrari: Frescoes of the Cathedral of Saronno (ca. 1535) showing an early viola da gamba in the form of a vihuela (guitar)

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