Rectangular virginal, attr. to Francesco Poggio, Florence, c 1620. MIMEd 4345.

Small rectangular virginal with interior lid painted with family crest.

This low-key virginal may look out of place among the grand, elaborately decorated instruments nearby, but instruments like this were a common sight in the 17th century. Most keyboards of the time featured simple decoration or none at all. When virginals fell out of fashion many were thrown away. The instruments that survived were usually those that looked the most pleasing.

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