(1685 – 1746)
Although tales dating from at least the early 19th century allege that Lorenzo Guadagnini, father of the renowned Giovanni Battista, studied with Antonio Stradivari, recent research does not support this theory of supposed lineage between G.B. Guadagnini ...Read More and the great Cremonese tradition. In fact, it is overwhelmingly likely that Lorenzo never took up violin making at all, considering his itinerant and impoverished living situation and the overall lack of historical evidence connecting him to anyone in the trade.
G.B. Guadagnini's second label bears the script 'filius Laurentij', which may have promoted the notion that he had learned violin making through his father, though Guadagnini's intentions in that regard are unclear. In any case, the numerous instruments that have been attributed to Lorenzo over the years, from both Milan and Piacenza, are more likely misattributed works by other makers of the Guadagnini school including Giovanni Battista himself and his contemporary Gaspar Lorenzini.
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