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This was until recently thought to be the first viola da gamba to appear on a painting in history (see below). The painting was made by Valentin Montoliu around 1475-85 for the Heremitage of St. Feliu (St. Félix) in Xàtiva (Valencia, Spain).

John Rose | Bass Viola da Gamba | London, ca. 1600. Absolutely amazing decoration on the back of this extremely early viol.

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Tenor viola da gamba, 1644 - detail Ernst Busch NurembergMusikinstrumentenmuseum der Universität Leipzig

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Viola da Gamba (Tenorlage) Ernst Busch um 1630 Nürnberg (?) / Deutschland Germanisches Nationalmuseum

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