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Attributed to Giacomo (Jacob) Ertel (German, ca. 1646–1711 Rome)
late 17th century
Rome, Italy
Spruce, ebony, fruitwood, bone, ivory, mother-of-pearl, parchment
Height: 35 11/16 in. (90.7 cm) Width (at greatest point): 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) Depth (rib height at bottom): 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Mrs. Peter Nicholas, University of Chicago Club of New York, Mrs. Henry J. Heinz II and Lowell S. Smith and Sally Sanford Gifts, The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 1984
Accession Number:
Not on view
Checkerboard patterns of bone, ebony, and fruitwood decorate the back, sides, and neck of Ertel's guitar. The peghead, fingerboard, and top have inlaid ornaments of mother-of-pearl. The modern rosette of wood and parchment is a replacement. Formerly converted to six single strings, this instrument was later restored to its five-course configuration. A similar signed instrument is in the Innsbruck Landesmuseum.
[ Tony Bingham ]
"Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (2011), pg. 8-10, ill.

Ed. Katharine Baetjer. Watteau, Music, and Theater. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2009, pg. 133-134, fig. 60, ill.

Dangerous Curves: The Art Of The Guitar. Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA, 2001, pg. 28-30, ill.

"Notable Acquisitions 1984-1985." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1985), pg. 35, ill.

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