Carlo Ambrogio Lonati (ca. 1645–ca.1712), "Prelude." Performed by Jörg-Michael Schwarz and recorded at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in February of 2010.
Made by Antonio Stradivari (Italian, 1644–1737)
L. 23 1/4 in. (59.4 cm), W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Gift of George Gould, 1955 (55.86a-c)
This violin made by Antonio Stradivari is the only one in existence that has been restored to its original Baroque form. Before modification to produce a louder, more brilliant tone and to extend the left-hand technique to higher positions, Baroque violins had gut strings, a short fingerboard, and a neck angled back only slightly from the body. Today, few fine violins show these original features.