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"The Gould" Violin

Maker:
Antonio Stradivari (Italian, Cremona 1644–1737 Cremona)
Date:
1693
Geography:
Cremona, Italy
Culture:
Italian (Cremona)
Medium:
Maple, spruce, ebony
Dimensions:
Height: 23 1/4 in. (59 cm) Width: 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
Gift of George Gould, 1955
Accession Number:
55.86 a-c
Not on view
This Antonio Stradivari violin is the only one in existence that has been restored to its original Baroque form. Before modification to produce a louder, more brilliant tone and to extend the left-hand technique to higher positions, Baroque violins had gut strings, a short fingerboard, and a neck angled back only slightly from the body. Today, few fine violins show these original features.
Marking: (sticker pasted inside body) Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis/Faciebat Anno 1693.
George Gould
"Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (2011), pg. 43, ill.

"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 36, ill.

Malcolm Bilson , piano, Sonya Monosoff , violin in Historic Instruments in Performance. LP. Recording., Pleiades Records M1807. 1977.



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