Among the Renaissance stringed instruments, the "viola da gamba" and "viola da braccio" were the most common examples. They used to be decorated as much in the ribs as in the pegbox, with beautiful carvings and friezes. Also the purfling was profuse, especially at the back plate of the instrument.
The baroque violin mainly differs from the modern one in the inclination of the neck and the shorter fingerboard. Regarding the color of the varnishes, they are in a range between yellow, reddish and brown. The tip of the bow was sharper, and it was obviously less sophisticated than a modern bow.
Diagrama de G. Stoppani
Instrument maker and restorer.
Your luthier in Albacete.