Nicolò Amati


Violin maker
(maker: 1596 – 1684)

Nicolò Amati was the third and greatest in a line of influential Cremonese violin makers. His grandfather, Andrea Amati, is known as the inventor of the modern violin, and his father, Girolamo, refined the models Nicolò began to execute to great success around 1620, under his father's Brothers Amati label. The plague killed Nicolò's father in 1630, as well as his main rival, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, leaving Nicolò one of the only active violin makers in the Cremonese tradition and unable to meet the growing demand for instruments. As a result, he trained a series of apprentices who would later comprise a great generation of violin makers, including Andrea Guarneri and Giacomo Gennaro. While there is no clear documentation of their having worked in Nicolò's shop, Francesco Rugeri, Antonio Stradivari, Giovanni Battista Rogeri and Jacob Stainer all clearly studied and emulated elements of his style and methods, which further established him as one of the most important figures in the tradition of violin making.

Though nearly all of his instruments show unsurpassed attention to precision and detail, Nicolò is famous for developing the so-called Grand Pattern, which is slightly larger than the models used by Andrea and Girolamo Amati. Its larger size (about 35.6 cm) adds increased projection to the elegance and fine craftsmanship of this great maker's work.

Instruments

Relevant instruments and bows found on Cozio Archive:
Cello: 8 | Viola: 1 | Violin: 91 | 30 other properties not displayed publicly

Name Type Year ID
'Vatican Stradivari' Cello 1630 49233
  Cello 1641 45103
'Willeke' Cello 1642 43994
  Cello 1645 42779
  Cello 1650 44455
  Cello 1662 42952
  Cello 1667 44168
'Herbert' Cello 1677 42793
'Professor Wirth' Viola 1663 42792
  Violin 1628 40036
  Violin 1630 44787
  Violin 1630 45366
  Violin 1635 41160
'Earl of Wilton' Violin 1638 48288
  Violin 1640 40184
'Hambourg' Violin 1641 46038
  Violin 1642 60150
  Violin 1643 40307
  Violin 1645 43953
  Violin 1645 59510
  Violin 1645 48523
  Violin 1647 59414
'Francais' Violin 1647 48781
  Violin 1647 47859
'Ole Bull' Violin 1647 48649
  Violin 1647 44087
  Violin 1648 48079
  Violin 1648 18796
'Partello' Violin 1648 40877
'Alard' Violin 1649 40103

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