Cremona 1730-1750 in the Olympian era of violin making
Editor: Christopher Reuning, Assistant and editorial co-ordinator: Paola Carlomagno, Scientific Committee: Charles Beare, Christopher Reuning, Peter Beare, John Becker, Eric Blot, Bruce Carlson, Carlo Chiesa, Andrea Post, Duane D. Rosengard.
240 pages, 25 x31,5cm
The 2008 violin-making exhibition hosted by the Stradivarius Museum in Cremona marks the outset of a new three-year project entitled Stradivarius and beyond. Beginning with the founder of the classical school of Cremonese violin making, the project covers the intense period between the middle of the eighteenth century and the end of the nineteenth. The catalogue Cremona 1730-1750 in the Olympian era of violin making presents the 25 instruments displayed in the exhibition, tracing the first decades of this historic period, from the last models produced in the workshop of Stradivarius to the most renowned works of Guarneri and Bergonzi. As in previous years, the catalogue contains several introductory essays on the historical-commercial situation in Cremona in the mid-eighteenth century and biographical and technical/construction information on the major violinmakers mentioned. Then there are descriptive details accompanying the photographs of the 25 instruments, whose measurements can be found in comparative tables at the end.