Perfectly preserved: 1727 ‘Benvenuti’ Stradivari violin


Despite its rich performance history, the 1727 ‘Benvenuti’ Stradivari violin is in an excellent state of preservation. Andrea Zanrè tells its story in our December 2016 issue

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This article appeared in the December 2016 issue of The Strad

If we examine the output of Antonio Stradivari’s workshop during the period 1720–30, we can imagine how it may have looked to a typical customer. In 1719 the master maker had celebrated his 75th birthday,  an age at which most of his colleagues’ activities would either have already ended or drastically declined. In Stradivari’s case, however, productivity was still high and the aged luthier was in complete control of everything happening under the roof of his house in the Piazza San Domenico, where he had been living and working since 1680…

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