A mystery unveiled: the makers of Ferrara

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While scholars have scrutinised the making traditions of various Italian cities, the luthiers of Ferrara have been largely neglected – until now. Florian Leonhard presents the results of recent archival research into Alessandro Mezzadri and the Marconcini family, along with notes on their making styles

The English brothers Albert and Alfred Hill, known as luthiers and dealers, financed several research projects in their lifetime. These projects were instrumental in unravelling many mysteries crucial to understanding the history of Italian violin making. Yet, among these discoveries, one enigma remained unsolved: the connection between the city of Ferrara and its luthiers of the 18th and 19th centuries…

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