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Renaissance lutes

<p>One of the lutes (rear view) was built by Max Unverdorben in Venice, while the other (front view) was made by Hans Hovb Muler. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>

One of the lutes (rear view) was built by Max Unverdorben in Venice, while the other (front view) was made by Hans Hovb Muler. © Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas

The Renaissance was a period which saw the development of polyphonic instruments such as lutes. The Museum has two magnificent examples of these. The perfecting of this type of instrument freed it from simply supporting the human voice, and meant that it could be used for purely instrumental music.

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