Zanetto Micheli da Montichiaro, Brescia, 1520


Cello: 45466

Original label dated 1459

Back: no purfling

Top: double-purfled

Scroll: later

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Notes:

"The Zanetto bass viola da gamba dates from before 1564 and is one of three instruments that are known by him. It has its original label, although I don't believe that the head is by him."

Guided Tour through the Shrine to Music's Galleries, Charles Beare, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 2, Flushing, NY


This Brescian viola da gamba may be one of the oldest stringed instruments at the NMM. It was converted to a small cello in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century as musical tastes changed.

Zanetto bass viol; Shrine to Music Museum

References

  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 2, Charles Beare, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2002 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)
  • Zanetto bass viol; Shrine to Music Museum

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