A Timeline history of the Violin Bow - from c. 1600 - 1800

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Valentin de Boulogne (France 1591 - 1632) A Musical Party c. 1626

Although he was born on France, he moved to Italy before 1620, where he studied with the French painter Simon Vouet, and came heavily under the influence of Carravagio. Notice the short bow (like most of the paintings in the 17th century). In the two details below we can see, first the right-hand - with the thumb quite clearly not on the hair (therefore on the stick!), and secondly, the fastening of the hair at the tip - with some sort of cap or simple knot at the very point

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