Analysis September 2023: Technology and access to fine instruments


Having survived the pandemic, the city of Cremona is embracing new technology in its efforts to bring its violin making heritage to the world

The Italian city of Cremona is increasingly finding different ways of making its violin making heritage relevant and tangible to diverse audiences. Visitors to the Museo del Violino (MdV), which opened ten years ago this month, can now browse digitised archives, catalogues and other documents in a new consultation room. In the same space they can also feel the archings on a 3D-printed replica of Stradivari’s ‘Stauffer, ex-Cristiani’ cello of 1700, which is the nearest they will get to touching one of the precious Cremonese instruments in the museum’s so-called Treasure Room…

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