Zosimo Bergonzi: Family fortunes

image 1 typical Zosimo front and back

Zosimo Bergonzi, son of Carlo, was for a time the only luthier active in Cremona . Michel Samson tracks his career through his known works

There exists a 1746 census return of the Casa Stradivari, wherein Zosimo Bergonzi is mentioned after his father Carlo but before his older brother Michele Angelo. We will likely never know the reason why this census breaks the tradition of listing siblings by birth order but, since there are now more instruments ascribed to Zosimo than by his elder brother Michele Angelo, could it be that his placement in this census return is an indication of his importance in the shop?…

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