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The guitar

<p>The Museum&rsquo;s guitar collection is regarded as one of the best in the world. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>

The Museum’s guitar collection is regarded as one of the best in the world. © Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas

At the end of the 16th century, the guitars and hand violas of the Renaissance became transformed into a simpler, more versatile instrument. In 1586, Joan Carles i Amat published the first known treatise on the guitar. He describes two styles of five-string guitar playing: the Castilian and the Catalan. The six-stringed version became popular in the 18th century, for sophisticated music and for dances and accompanying songs.

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<p>PHOTO CAPTION Baroque guitar, known as the Guitarra de los Leones (Spain), c. 1700. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Lion-ornamented guitar
Lion-ornamented guitar
<p>The Museum exhibits the guitar that belonged to Vict&ograve;ria dels &Agrave;ngels. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Eduard Selva</p>
Pagés guitar
Pagés guitar
<p>Guitar by Antonio de Torres Jurado (Seville), 1859. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Torres guitar
Torres guitar
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