Maker: Antonio Stradivari (Italian, Cremona 1644–1737 Cremona)
Geography: Cremona, Italy
Culture: Italian (Cremona)
Medium: Maple, spruce, ebony
Dimensions: W. 19.7 x L. 59 cm (7 3/4 x 23 1/4 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of George Gould, 1955
Accession Number: 55.86 a-c
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.