Stradivari, the story behind the maker: A four-part series
As one of the most celebrated violin makers in history, Antonio Stradivari crafted an estimated 1,000 instruments, 650 of which survive today. After the death of Nicolo Amati in 1684, this sophisticated craftsman became Cremona’s greatest luthier in history.
Amorim Fine Violins will be exploring the life of Stradivari through a series of blogs, looking at the four key periods of his life:
- The Amatisé: 1660 – 1690
- The Long Pattern: 1690 – 1700
- The Golden Period: 1700 – 1720
- The Late Period: 1720 – 1737
Originally from Cremona, Stradivari is known all over the world as the finest maker of all time. Born in 1644, the luthier spent 71 years crafting violins, violas and cellos; a significantly long time for someone living in the 17th and 18th century.
Stradivari was not born into a family of violin makers, but was instead a son of notable citizens of Cremona. It is thought he began his first violinmaking apprenticeship at a young age, supposedly under the influence of Nicola Amati. Although, he later developed his own stylistic way of crafting, as some of his work differs to Amati’s of the same period.
Building his reputation as a fine maker through selling instruments to royal families and notable citizens of the time, Stradivari’s legacy is known all over the world.
In the coming weeks, we will be delving into the life of Antonio Stradivari, looking into his vast history and most notable instruments throughout different periods of his life.