Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1693, the 'Gould'


Violin: 40074

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 36.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm


Notes:

"Gift of George Gould, 1955 (55.86a-c). This Antonio Stradivari violin is the only one in existence that has been restored to its original Baroque form. Before modification to produce a louder, more brilliant tone and to extend the left-hand technique to higher positions, Baroque violins had gut strings, a short fingerboard, and a neck angled back only slightly from the body. Today, few fine violins show these original features."

Provenance

until 1955 George Jay Gould
from 1955 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

References

  • Musical Instruments in the Metropolitan Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1978 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IV, No. 1, Laurence Libin, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1977 (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2007 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London, 2006 (illustrated)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK, 1988 (illustrated)

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