"The Gould" Violin

Maker: Antonio Stradivari (Italian, Cremona 1644–1737 Cremona)

Date: 1693

Geography: Cremona, Italy

Culture: Italian (Cremona)

Medium: Maple, spruce, ebony

Dimensions: Height: 23 1/4 in. (59 cm)
Width: 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted

Credit Line: Gift of George Gould, 1955

Accession Number: 55.86 a-c


This Antonio Stradivari violin 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.