Sixtus Rauchwolff (German, Augsburg 1556–1619). Lute, 1596. Wood, various other materials. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889 (89.2.157). #MetMusic
Violine im Totenkopf Design
Lute, German, 18th century by Sebastian Schelle, Nürnberg, 1726. During the 17th century the lute evolved from the classic six-course instrument of the High Renaissance into an instrument with nine to twelve or more courses. This Baroque lute accommodated a richer, more homophonic, style of playing. After the lute had declined elsewhere in Europe in the late 17th century, it enjoyed a final period of popularity in 18th-century Germany.