Wednesday, August 05, 2009


Lady with a Theorbo by John Michael Wright (from the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Ohio)

The Theorbo is a type of lute with a long neck extension and two pegboxes. It was developed in the late sixteenth century to provide an extended bass range and a loud sound, especially for accompanying singers and other instrumentalists. It was sometimes paired with a small pipe organ for the performance of basso continuo. The theorbo is also called the chitarrone.

See also:

Daniel Zapica plays Kapsberger on the Theorbo

The Theorbo Information Page


Deirdra Doan said...

This is such a lovely painting! I made a doll with a lute.

Behind her is a Frankstein type Lute. A man took real old instruments and remade them to sell to hang on walls in the late 1800's for decor.

Anonymous said...

Feel free to check out my new performance of some french baroque music for solo theorbo as well,

Gadget Guy said...

I like the painting.