How Early Should You Start Playing Trombone? A Young 17th-Century Trombonist

Just added another trombone image to the 17th century timeline (first half). He doesn’t look much older than my one-year-old son!

c. 1629—Venice, Italy: Veronese artist Fra Semplice da Verona includes a depiction of a cherub playing trombone in Infant Jesus and Musical Angels, an image framing a pre-existing Madonna in the Convento del Redentore. Other instruments being played include cornetto, viol, violin, and lute (see detail, top, and full image, below; public domain) (Portogruaro, plate 37).