A cura di Giovanni Accornero
Precious Instruments, Illustrious Names
Lutherie and Music between Seventeenth and Twentieth centuries in Europe
2018, 408 pp.
rilegato con copertina rigida, 24 x 34 cm
A unique event of its kind that describes and connects four centuries of stringed-instrument making and collecting, of music and musicians, of nobility and patronage, anhistorical and cultural journey through the 17th to the 20th centuries, in which the protagonists are thirty invaluable musical instruments, some on public show for the first time, which once belonged to musicians of international fame or to prominent members of nobility. These are musical instruments of the highest artistic craftsmanship, made by prominent and universally-recognised violin-makers. This exhibition provides an insight into the deep cultural importance of music at the courts of some of the continent's major monarchies. Several instruments are linked to the patronage of Queens of the House of Savoy, from Maria Cristina to Margaret, the Palace of Venaria was an ideal place for the reciprocal enhancement of the prestigious exhibition site and the considerable artistic heritage presented. An extraordinary opportunity to "see the music" by looking at one's past to prepare for an excellent future.