Music Video

What are Some Facts About the Stradivarius Violins?

May 2017

Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us about the Stradivarius Violin.

Smithsonian Artifact Featured in this Video

Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History
Description
This violin was made by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy in 1687. This violin is named after its 19th century owner, Ole Bull (1810-1880), a celebrated violinist and seminal figure in Norwegian music. The violin is made of a one-piece table of spruce with even medium fine grain broadening toward the treble side, one-piece back of maple with a beautiful broad descending figure slanting from treble to bass side, ribs of similar maple, with a modern maple neck terminating in the original pegbox and scroll of similar maple, and a golden brown varnish.
Location
Currently not on view
Credit Line
Gift of Evelyn and Herbert R. Axelrod
Object Type
violin
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