The 1690 Tuscan Stradivari Violin in the Accademia di Santa Cecilia


3D Rendering of the back of the 1690 Tuscan Stradivari violin

The “Tuscan” by Antonio Stradivari is one of the four instruments and the only violin remaining from the “Medici Quintet”, which Stradivari made in 1690 for the Grand Prince of Tuscany. Currently housed at the Museo degli strumenti musicali dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, the violin is one of the rare Stradivari’s instruments in pristine state of preservation, still fully covered with its original varnish and is an ideal subject for studying the Cremonese Master’s methods and style.

The second issue of the Treasures of Italian Violin Making series allows enthusiasts to grasp every aspect of this wonderful violin through the photos of Jan Röhrmann, the analysis of the structure of the instrument and its varnish carried out respectively at the Micro CT-Lab in Vienna and from the Arvedi Laboratories of the Museo del Violino, Cremona.

Edizioni Scrollavezza & Zanrè (2017), edited by Andrea Zanrè

  • Photos by Jan Röhrmann

  • Essays by Annalisa Bini, Alessandra Barabaschi, Brigitte Brandmair, Fausto Cacciatori, Carlo Chiesa, Alberto Giordano, Rudolf Hopfner, Laboratori Arvedi, Peter Ratcliff, Andrea Zanrè, and a preface by Charles Beare

  • 88 pages in 45,7 by 28,5 cm format

  • 800 copies, texts in English

  • DVD with multimedia extra contents, including a sound recording by Fabio Biondi

  • Cover price 140 € plus 4% VAT (if applicable) and shipping cost.

“The closest any of us will get to looking over the maestro’s shoulder on a Cremonese morning in 1690”

John Dilworth, The Strad - May 2018