Virginal by Vincentius de Taeggiis

Made by de Taeggiis, Vincentius in Italy, Europe, 1629.

This instrument is not only the oldest musical instrument in the museum’s collection but also possibly the oldest keyboard instrument in a public collection in Australia. It is representative of the broad style of plucked string keyboard instruments common in several parts of Europe from about the fifteenth century until the eighteenth century that featured lid paintings as an integral part of their artistic expression. Its significance lies in these main attributes.

The instrument has a compas...


Rectangular wooden virginal with false inner/outer construction. The outer case is made of painted green pine and the instrument and mouldings are made of cypress, decorated with bone studs. The compass is 4 octaves E/CC to F3 with a short octave in the base. The inside lid is decorated with figures in a landscape, painted in tempera by a follower of Paul Bril (1554-1626), depicting hunting and fishing scenes and figures playing musical instruments (bass violin, cornett, hurdy-gurdy and harp).


200 mm
1500 mm
485 mm


Attributed to Vincentius de Taeggiis, Bologna, Italy, 1629.
de Taeggiis, Vincentius 1629


Purchased 1985
27 March, 1985

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Virginal by Vincentius de Taeggiis 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2017, <>
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