Viola da gamba, Bass
Paolo Antonio Testore
Recent evidence brought to light that this instrument is actually exactly what its label purports it to be, a bass viol by Paolo Antonio Testore, Milano, 1717. Although common in the 16th C., this shape of viol, called "figure eight" or "cornerless" or "guitar-shape", is often encountered throughout the 17th and up to the middle of the 18th Century, particularly in Italy. A number of viols by Grancino (Milano) and Petrus Guarneri (Cremona, later in Mantova) made in this form survive, dating from the beginning of the 18th Century.
The f-holes are characteristic of the work of Paolo Antonio Testore.
The head, shown here before the restauration, displays all the hallmarks of the Milanese master's hand.
The Italian Renaissance and Early Baroque viols in concert:
Music for Charles V and Philip II
Tomás Luís de Victoria: O lux et decus Hispaniae
Body length 715 mm Upper width 354 mm Middle width 272 mm Lower width 450 mm Rib height 116 mm String length 750 mm