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    Really nice, I like the second one especially.

    I was wondering, looking at the paintings, do those ones have flat bottoms, or is that shadowing that the artist put in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atsunrise View Post
    Really nice, I like the second one especially.

    I was wondering, looking at the paintings, do those ones have flat bottoms, or is that shadowing that the artist put in?
    Can you clarify which part you mean by the bottoms?

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    I suspect he wonders of the staves of the backs are coved.
    Just a guess.
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    I love what you've done with the ace of spades type hole in the second one.

    Do we ow why they have the second mini-hole in the paintings? or maybe that's a bit too detailed to have survived the passing of the centuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beanzy View Post
    I love what you've done with the ace of spades type hole in the second one.

    Do we ow why they have the second mini-hole in the paintings? or maybe that's a bit too detailed to have survived the passing of the centuries.
    It was mainly a stylistic thing. There are also later paintings where the upper rosette is in the shape of a church window. The style is probably from the oud, where the medieval lute came from, as those have 3 soundholes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billhay4 View Post
    I suspect he wonders of the staves of the backs are coved.
    Just a guess.
    Bill
    I'm still not sure I understand... sorry. The back is flattened in the paintings? That seems unlikely given other evidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    Can you clarify which part you mean by the bottoms?
    Sorry, itís the backs I should have said, are they flat?
    From the paintings, if you look at the instrument from the front then normally you cant see the sides, especially if the sides are curved. I guess I was wondering if at that time were any flat backed lutes built?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atsunrise View Post
    Sorry, it’s the backs I should have said, are they flat?
    From the paintings, if you look at the instrument from the front then normally you cant see the sides, especially if the sides are curved. I guess I was wondering if at that time were any flat backed lutes built?
    All other evidence of lutes suggests rounded backs, so it seems unlikely but you never know! More likely it's just shadow, or an artist who'd not seen many before...

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