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Viola

Antonio Amati (Italian, b. circa 1540), maker Girolamo Amati (Italian, b.1561, d.1630), maker1619

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati, United States

The Amati family was not only the first family to make violins in Cremona, but also the most important and influential family in the entire history of violin making. This viola was made by the second generation, the "Brothers Amati." We believe that the brothers invented the so called "contralto viola," the most popular size played today, and the size of this example.

Details

  • Title: Viola
  • Creator: Antonio Amati (Italian, b. circa 1540), maker Girolamo Amati (Italian, b.1561, d.1630), maker
  • Date Created: 1619
  • Location Created: Cremona/Italy
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Peter Gibson
  • Medium: maple, spruce, other woods, ebony, brass; chin rest: ebony and nickel
  • Accession Number: 1911.1911

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