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Founded in 2003 as a public registry of iconography, provenance and pricing information for historical stringed instruments, Cozio encompasses over 30,000 individual instruments and bows by over 2,500 makers. It is also the most comprehensive online source for maker biographies and provenance information, and contains over 50,000 historical auction prices.

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Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, Part II (1731–1740)

During the 1730s the newly independent del Gesu was ready to experiment with fresh ideas, and his instruments from this middle period show a Stradivari influence and a freer execution

By John Dilworth and Carlo Chiesa

The key influence seen in middle-period ‘del Gesù’ instruments is not that of his father but his aging contemporary in Cremona, Antonio Stradivari. Although ‘filius Andreae’ was not unaware of Stradivari’s innovative ideas, his roots were deep in the Amati tradition of relatively high, recurved archings and short, elegant soundholes with narrow wings...