Engraving from the treatise
Lettione seconda (Venice, 1543) by the violiste and engraver Silvestro Ganassi.
This viol, based on engravings from the Sylvestro Ganassi treatises (Regola Rubertina and Lettione Seconda, Venice, 1542-43) is the result of a collaboration with researchers from the Schola Cantorum and the Instrument Museum in Basel.
Detail of a viol based on Ganassi
Designed without a soundpost or bass bar, this viol has a string length of 72.3, enabling a set-up with all gut strings.
A close look at the iconography and musique of the early XVth century reveals the great development of the viol during that period. With so few extant viols from that era, documentation – images and text – is a precious resource in building replicas.