Early Guitars and Vihuela
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I think you'll find a similar-shaped instrument in other paintings by Poussin, and other artists as well. Don't overlook that Poussin is here painting an imaginary scene in his past as well as ours, so that some difference in the instruments as well as the dress helps.
From the same period. various viols have similar outines, and guitars and vihuelas similar string lengths, so that there is no reason why the instrument should not have been built, if perhaps for a theatrical production, and worked well.
I thought about Alexander as well.
I'd say it's a fanciful depiction of a plucked string instrument. It's neither guitar nor vihuela...and yet both! Androgynous maybe?
Has a slight resemblance to Alexander Batovs 'Henestrosa model' vihuela.
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