Italian violin makers of the 20th century
in the collections of the Museo del Violino
What is the main feature of Italian violinmaking after the great classical period? During the 19th and 20th centuries the construction method in countries such as France, Germany and Great Britain is clearly influenced by the models and style of the great classical Cremonese makers.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the number of copies of ancient instruments made in Europe progressively increased: the makers’ skill did not only show in following the Cremonese method but also in the ability to give the instrument an ancient appearance.
In Italy, the makers’ creativity ,with only few exceptions, developed in a different way. Until the mid 20th century, Italian luthiers distinguished in creating a continuity of styles and construction methods on a regional base, or sometimes on even smaller geographical areas.
This is why today, when we look back to this period of great productivity, we can recognize a Piedmontese, Milanese, Genoese and, further South, a Tuscan and Neapolitan school.
With a series of monthly exhibitions and conferences involving researchers and experts, the Museo del Violino presents a century characterized, in violin making, by a great diversification and variety of individual styles.
Planning and scientific coordination: Fausto Cacciatori
si ringrazia la Scuola di Liuteria IIS STRADIVARI – CREMONA
Museo del Violino – Room 7
January 11 – 7 February
8 February – 7 March
8 March – 11 April
12 April – 9 May
10 May – 13 June
14 June – 11 July
Museo del Violino – Room 10
Saturday January, 11 – 10:45 am
relatore: Marcello Villa – interviene: Antonio De Lorenzi
Saturday February, 8 – 10:45 am
La Scuola Toscana
relatori: Paolo Sorgentone e Michele Mecatti
Saturday March, 8 – 10:45 am
Giuseppe Fiorini e la Scuola Bolognese
relatore: Roberto Regazzi
Saturday April, 12 – 10:45 am
La Scuola Milanese
relatori: Bruce Carlson e Carlo Chiesa
Saturday May, 10- 10:45 am
La Scuola Genovese
relatore: Alberto Giordano
Saturday June, 14 – 10:45 am
relatori: Elisa Scrollavezza e Andrea Zanrè