The famous lute book of Vicenzo Capirola was compiled in 1517, exactly 500 years ago. Here is Ricercar VIII from that collection, played on an eight-string guitar made by Delcamp member Joseph Redman (hanredman).
The Capirola collection is remarkable for the music, but moreso for the incredible artwork which surrounds the margins of many pages. The compiler of the book, a man named Vitale who was a student of Capirola's, said that he wanted to make sure that this book would survive the ages and not be lost, so he applied miniature painting of birds, animals, plants, and people on over half of the sheets. I had to opportunity (in 1999) to examine the manuscript directly, and the brilliance of the ink even five centuries later is astounding. Here are three sample pages:
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