Girolamo Amati I
(c. 1561 – 1630)
By the time Girolamo Amati entered the Amati workshop around 1575, his father Andrea Amati was about 70 years old, and his older brother Antonio was already an experienced maker at 35. At this point the instruments bearing an Andrea Amati label were in ...Read More fact probably the work of Antonio, and it was Antonio who schooled his younger brother in the craft of violin making. From about 1575 to 1588 the two brothers collaborated under a joint Brothers Amati label. They ended their partnership abruptly in 1588, and Antonio left the workshop to his brother, who continued to label his instruments "Brothers Amati" even after Antonio's death in around 1610.
Girolamo's son Nicolò, the most celebrated Amati maker, was born in 1596 and began working in his father's shop around 1610. By the 1620s he was responsible for the majority of the Brothers Amati instruments made there. Girolamo's death from the plague in 1630 left his son almost without competition in the Cremonese violin making trade.
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