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.

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

The sort of carved work I would love on my future viola da gamba (when I can afford it...). (Francis Beaulieu, Viol Maker : Viola da gamba, bass violin, baroque cello, viola d’amore...)

The sort of carved work I would love on my future viola da gamba (when I can afford it...). (Francis Beaulieu, Viol Maker : Viola da gamba, bass violin, baroque cello, viola d’amore...)

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.

John Rose | Bass Viola da Gamba | London, ca. 1600. Stunning decoration on the back of the pegbox.

John Rose | Bass Viola da Gamba | London, ca. 1600. Stunning decoration on the back of the pegbox.

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

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