As far as I remember, a lady walking with a lute in Venezia (XVIth
   century) was considered a prostitute.
   My 2 cents,
   ---- On ven, 10 ago 2018 12:57:44 +0200<> wrote ----

   Lute in a brothel was a large Dutch sarcasm, lute being a symbol of
   domestic harmony in the baroque visual symbolism.
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   > On Aug 9, 2018, at 6:25 PM, Alain Veylit
   <[1]> wrote:
   > There is a piece in Dd.2.11 entitled: "Catin" (by Orlando di Lasso!).
   Yesterday I saw one entitled "la pute". What are the odds that neither
   title would not refer to their modern meaning of "prostitute"?
   > This also reminds me of the not so secret behind "green sleeves".
   Dutch paintings show many scenes of lute music with at least hints of
   seduction or prostitution.
   > But it can also be easy to jump to conclusions. I thought Lasso was a
   rather serious composer...
   > Alain
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