Maker: Nicolò Amati (Cremona 1596–1684 Cremona)

Date: 1669

Geography: Cremona, Italy

Culture: Italian (Cremona)

Medium: Spruce, maple

Dimensions: Height (Of body, not including neck): 13 3/4 in. (35 cm)
Width (Lower bout): 7 15/16 in. (20.1 cm)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted

Credit Line: Gift of Evelyn Stark, 1974

Accession Number: 1974.229a–d


The violins of Nicolò Amati (1596–1684), the preeminent violin maker of the Amati family of instrument builders, were known for their elegant design, responsiveness, and sweet sound, although they lacked the strength of violins by Stradivari and Guarneri "del Gesù." Nicolò Amati single-handedly carried on the Cremonese tradition of fine violin making after famine and disease in the years around 1630 had wiped out virtually all of the top violin makers; not surprisingly, violins from this period are very rare. Amati's many students included Andrea Guarneri, Giovanni Battista Rogeri, and possibly Jacob Stainer and Antonio Stradivari, among others.