Antonio Stradivari (Italian, Cremona 1644–1737 Cremona)
Maple, spruce, ebony
Height: 23 1/4 in. (59 cm)
Width: 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Gift of George Gould, 1955
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.
"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 inHistoric Instruments in Performance. LP. Recording., Pleiades Records M1807. 1977.