Antonio Stradivari

drawings | models | moulds

By Museo del Violino

A.Rinaldi 1886 - Stradivarius in his workshop by Alessandro Rinaldi - olio su telaMuseo del Violino

Museo Civico Ala Ponzone collection, Cremona
on display in Museo del Violino
(fantasy image)

Original stamp block for applying the monogram stamp on the labels by Antonio StradivariMuseo del Violino

Antonio Stradivari's workshop

The objects held at the Museo del Violino today – moulds for building instruments, wooden, paper and metal models, and tools – document a period of creativity that goes beyond the decades in which Antonio Stradivari was working.

Giovanni Battista Cerani donation by Antonio StradivariMuseo del Violino

Enrico Ceruti's workshop

While the most precious items are those that belonged to Cremona’s most famous violinmaker, the objects from Enrico Ceruti’s workshop, donated by violinist Giovanni Battista Cerani in 1893, are also of extreme importance. 

Ignazio Alessandro Cozio, Count of Salabue by Bernardo MoreraMuseo del Violino

Ignazio Alessandro Cozio, Count of Salabue

The Piedmontese nobleman acquired the Stradivarian memorabilia in 1775-1776 from Paolo Stradivari, son of Antonio, who in turn had inherited them, following the death of his brothers Francesco and Omobono, who worked with his father in the workshop. 

Autograph letter Paolo Stradivari by Paolo StradivariMuseo del Violino

Paolo Stradivari, sells memorabilia of his father workshop to Count Cozio

After selling numerous instruments, Paolo suggested that Michele Anselmi di Briatta, a representative of Count Cozio, bought “all the moulds, measuring implements, utensils and tools that I have ended up with”.

Cozio di Salabue heirs collection by Antonio StradivariMuseo del Violino

1881 - G.Verdi Conservatory in Milan exhibition of stradivarian memorabilia

Over a century later, the violinmaker Giuseppe Fiorini saw the extraordinary collection on display in Milan, and, from then on, dreamed of owning it. 

Giuseppe Fiorini by P.Mora (1920 - 1930)Museo del Violino

Giuseppe Fiorini (1861 - 1934)

Fiorini repeatedly asked to purchase the collection over the years, until 1919-1920, when his dream finally came true. 

Inventory of Stradivarian memorabilia donated by Giuseppe Fiorini by Illemo CamelliMuseo del Violino

Donation by Giuseppe Fiorini

In 1930, thanks to the generosity of Giuseppe Fiorini (1861-1934), what is undoubtedly the most significant event in the collection’s history was finalised: the donation of the items from Stradivari's workshop from the collection of Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue.

Stradivarian Room by Antonio StradivariMuseo del Violino

Cremona Civic Museum - Stradivarian Room, exhibition of the collection

He later decided to donate the extraordinary collection to the Municipality of Cremona, and in April 1930, Illemo Cammelli, director of the city’s Civic Museum, received the items and drew up the first inventory, totalling 1303 objects. 

Negative proof relating to the inlay of a violin scroll ink on paper by Antonio StradivariMuseo del Violino

Antonio Stradivari

Negative proof relating to the inlay of a violin scroll ink on paper

Drawing used for the painted decoration of cello ribs perforated paper by Antonio StradivariMuseo del Violino

Antonio Stradivari

Drawing used for the painted decoration of cello ribs perforated paper

Autograph letter of Stradivari, property of the Stauffer Foundation by Antonio StradivariMuseo del Violino

Antonio Stradivari

Autograph letter of Stradivari, property of the Stauffer Foundation

Fragment of an old chest or signboard with painted decorations by Antonio StradivariMuseo del Violino

Antonio Stradivari

Fragment of an old chest or signboard with painted decorations

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Edited by
Fausto Cacciatori - Curator Museo del Violino

In collaboration with Marco D’Agostino
Latin Palaeography and Codicology Professor Università degli Studi di Pavia. Dipartimento di Musicologia e Beni Culturali (Cremona)

With the contribution of Marco Malagodi
Technical Director Laboratorio Arvedi di Diagnostica non invasiva MdV

Introduction by Renato Meucci
President Scientific Committee MdV

© 2016 the authors for their texts and photographs

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