The Ashmolean Museum has launched the Stradivarius exhibition – the first major display in the UK to be dedicated to the instrument maker’s life and work.

Approximately 700 Stradivari instruments are known to have survived, 21 of which will be displayed as part of the exhibition. On show will be the 1709 ‘Viotti’ violin – known as such because of its owner Giovanni Battista Viotti. The ‘Batta Piatigorsky’ cello from 1714, formerly belonging to Russian cellist Gregor Piatigirsky, will also be on display.

Curator of Stradivarius, Dr Jon Whiteley said: ‘The Ashmolean is thrilled and honoured to be holding this exhibition, and we are extremely grateful to the institutions and private owners who have generously lent their instruments. To bring together so many rare and important violins – by the greatest maker of all time – is an extraordinary event and one which I hope our many visitors will enjoy.’

Find out more about the Stradivarius exhibition in the video below:

The Stradivarius exhibition is open at the Ashmolean Special Exhibition Galleries until 11 August 2013. www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions


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