Room 1 – The origin of the violin

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The events and instruments preceding the birth of the violin, and which gave the greatest contributions to its conception, are presented in this room.  Also displayed are five instruments, or parts of them, which illustrate important moments in the early history of the violin. If you are intrigued by names and linguistic phenomena, you will find a text “To start with ….” on the left-hand wall as you come in.

Instruments on exhibition:

Fiddle with flat bridge. Copy of St. Caterina de’ Vigri’s fiddle, pre 1463 (Bologna, Corpus Domini Convent)
Cremona, I.I.S. “A. Stradivari”, Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria

Modern reconstruction of a Renaissance rebec
Cremona, I.I.S. “A. Stradivari”, Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria

Modern reconstruction of a “lira da braccio”

Modern reconstruction of part of a late 15th Century viol with arched bridge
Cremona, I.I.S. “A. Stradivari”, Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria

Modern reconstruction of the back of the Andrea Amati “King” cello (post 1561) in its original size
Cremona, I.I.S. “A. Stradivari”, Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria
Cremona, Laboratorio di manutenzione conservativa Museo Civico “Ala Ponzone” – Cr.Forma