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The Story of Stradivarius Violins

Did "Superman Stradivari" Live to 97 ?


A Stradivarius is the pinnacle of violins. The golden period of their maker, Antonio Stradivari, was when he was in his 60s and 70s. During that period, he produced numerous representative works, giving rise to the nickname "superman Stradivari."
There are many things about Stradivari's life that are not known. In particular, there are virtually no records of his childhood. There are books carrying his portraits, but they are all the result of how artists imagined him to look. He is said to have been born in 1644 and died in 1737, but this is inferred from a work produced in 1732 that indicates he was 89 years old. He is believed to have been born sometime between 1640 and 1644. The latest label in a work is from 1737, which means he lived to be at least 93, and some researchers believe that he in fact lived to be 97. He certainly possessed extraordinary vitality. It is said that in 1667 he married his first wife, Francesca Ferraboschi and had five children with her, and after her death he married again to Antonia Maria Zambelli and had five more children with her.



The Story of Stradivarius Violins 1
Did "Superman Stradivari" Live to 97 ?
The Story of Stradivarius Violins 2
The Golden Age of Violin Production
The Story of Stradivarius Violins 3
One Thousand Instruments Over a Lifetime
The Story of Stradivarius Violins 4
The Secret to the Perfect Instrument
The Story of Stradivarius Violins 5
Introducing the Lang
Antonio Stradivarius
Antonio Stradivarius