‘Precious Instruments, Illustrious Names’ exhibit includes 30 instruments from the 17th to 20th centuries

An exhibition including violins by Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, Nicolò Amati and G.B. Guadagnini has opened at the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale near Turin, Italy. Curated by Giovanni Accornero, the exhibition runs until 30 September 2018.

The exhibition also includes guitars, mandolins, harps, hurdy-gurdys, a psaltery and a Nicolò Amati viola. On 30 May Isabelle Faust performed a recital on the 1710 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Stradivari violin at the Chapel of Sant’Uberto, part of the palace. 

The bowed stringed instruments on display are:

Nicolò Amati, Cremona 1676 violin

Nicolò Amati, Cremona 1677 viola

Tommaso Balestrieri, Mantua c.1750-60 violin

Antonio Battaglia, Milano 1764 violin

Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Torino 1774 violin ‘Salabue, Berta’ (poster available here)

Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, Cremona 1736 violin ‘Pugnani’

Antonio Stradivari, Cremona 1710 ’Vieuxtemps’


All photos by Ernani Orcorte courtesy of Edizioni Il Salabue