The virginals of Benedetto Floriani (Venice, fl.1568–1572) and a proposal for a new attribution

Rossi Rognoni, G. (2015) The virginals of Benedetto Floriani (Venice, fl.1568–1572) and a proposal for a new attribution. Galpin Society Journal, 68.

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Abstract

This article discusses and compares five late sixteenth-century Venetian polygonal virginals attributable to the workshop of Benedetto Floriani. Three dated instruments survive with the name of this maker inscribed on the namebatten; one was attributed to this maker in 1991, since when the attribution has been questioned; and a recently discovered virginal in Florence is presented here and attributed to Floriani for the first time. The analysis of the decoration, baseboard measurements, scaling, string spacing, and mouldings are carried out with the aim of identifying the distinctive features of the work of this maker. It is also hoped that this will provide a paradigmatic method for the attribution of unsigned keyboard instruments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benedetto Floriani, polygonal virginals, late sixteenth-century keyboard instruments, attribution of unsigned keyboard instruments
Subjects: Musical Instruments
Music History
Division: Musicology
Depositing User: Ms Katharine Liley
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 16:50
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 16:50
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/555

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