Height (Of body, not including neck): 13 3/4 in. (35 cm) Width (Lower bout): 7 15/16 in. (20.1 cm)
Gift of Evelyn Stark, 1974
Not on view
The violins of Nicolò Amati (1596–1684), the preeminent violin maker of the Amati family of instrument builders, were known for their elegant design, responsiveness, and sweet sound, although they lacked the strength of violins by Stradivari and Guarneri "del Gesù." Nicolò Amati single-handedly carried on the Cremonese tradition of fine violin making after famine and disease in the years around 1630 had wiped out virtually all of the top violin makers; not surprisingly, violins from this period are very rare. Amati's many students included Andrea Guarneri, Giovanni Battista Rogeri, and possibly Jacob Stainer and Antonio Stradivari, among others.
Marking: (on label) Nicolaus Amatus Cremonen.Hieronym ./Fil.Ac Antonij Nepos Fecit.1669
Mrs. Evelyn Stark
"Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (2011), pg. 43, ill.