Lute (after Renaissance type)

Donald Warnock (American, 1919–1997)

Object Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


Length 73.7 cm, width 35.4 cm, depth 17.7 cm (Length 29 in., width 13 15/16 in., depth 6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



Back comprised of eleven ribs of maple with capping strip. Multi-piece belly of fine-grain spruce with carved rose in geometrical pattern. Neck and tuning pegs of mahogany. Pegbox of beech. Fingerboard veneered with pearwood (?), edged with paduak (?). Eight tied-on frets of gut and four frets of beech. Nut of ivory. Bridge of maple. End button of boxwood. Eleven strings: one single and five pairs. Amber varnish on back. Hardshell case lined with blue felt.


Handwritten label: Donald Warnock/ fecit 1962/ Made after lute appearing in/ the "Presentation in the Temple"/ of Vittore Carpaccio, Venice./ Alto Lute, model #1/ 2 Brewer St. Cambridge, Mass.; etched on plaque at bottom of body: J.D.W./ 1962


1963, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

Credit Line

William Lindsey Fund


Reproduced with permission.