"The Gould" violin has a two-piece maple back with a tight flame and a two-piece spruce top with an orange-brown varnish. Although modern performers continue to use seventeenth- and eighteenth-century stringed instruments by great makers, nearly all of the instruments have been modified in order to remain useful as performance spaces grew larger and repertoire pushed instruments to create louder sound over an extended range.


  • Title: "Gould" Violin by Stradivari
  • Creator: Antonio Stradivari (Italian, Cremona 1644–1737)
  • Location Created: Cremona, Italy
  • Type: Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Collection Online
  • Medium: Maple, spruce, ebony
  • Dimensions: Height: 23 1/4 in. (59 cm) Width: 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
  • Date Created: 1693, 1693
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: Gift of George Gould, 1955
  • Creator Death Date: 1737
  • Creator Birth Date: 1644
  • Accession Number: 55.86a–c

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