Mandore,The mandore was mentioned as a new instrument in French music books from the 1580s.[1] It was a small member of the lute family, teardrop shaped, with four, five or six courses of gut strings[2] and pitched in the treble range.[3] It is considered ancestral to the modern mandolin  France, 1640  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Mandore,The mandore was mentioned as a new instrument in French music books from the 1580s.[1] It was a small member of the lute family, teardrop shaped, with four, five or six courses of gut strings[2] and pitched in the treble range.[3] It is considered ancestral to the modern mandolin France, 1640 The Victoria & Albert Museum

Carlo Bugatti Fantasy Stringed Instrument

Carlo Bugatti Fantasy Stringed Instrument

English cittern, circa 1600. A stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance, descended from the Medieval citole, or citole. Its flat-back design was simpler and cheaper to construct than the lute. It was also easier to play, smaller, less delicate and more portable. Played by all classes, the cittern was a premier instrument of casual music making much as is the guitar today.

English cittern, circa 1600. A stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance, descended from the Medieval citole, or citole. Its flat-back design was simpler and cheaper to construct than the lute. It was also easier to play, smaller, less delicate and more portable. Played by all classes, the cittern was a premier instrument of casual music making much as is the guitar today.

This violin, The Harrison, is a Stradivari violin, made before 1700. It not only looks beautiful but sounds marvelous.  This is one of the highest prized musical instruments. And yes, it's art.

This violin, The Harrison, is a Stradivari violin, made before 1700. It not only looks beautiful but sounds marvelous. This is one of the highest prized musical instruments. And yes, it's art.

Attributed to Giovanni Smorsone: Mandolino (2008.2a,b) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Attributed to Giovanni Smorsone: Mandolino (2008.2a,b) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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