Anne Boleyn's Lute, the most fashionable musical instrument of the Tudor's time and later, during the reign of Charles II Stuart. It is known that Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Louis XIII and Anne of Austria were talented musicians and played lute well.
Elizabeth playing a lute - or electronic hurry gurdy? A miniature portrait of Queen Elizabeth I playing the lute, commissioned by her cousin, Henry Carey, Baron Hunsdon. Painted by Nicholas Hilliard c. The Bridgeman Art Library, London
A mosaic of David from the ancient synagogue in Gaza built around 500 CE and discovered in It is now in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. David is wearing a crown and playing a lyre. The Hebrew says ‘David.
"A gem of a publicity card from listing the talents and marvels of the eccentric French musical prodigy, Louis Vernassier. In addition to playing a multitude of instruments, he performed dressed as a woman.