Violin by

Gennaro Gagliano
Naples, c.1755

Gennaro Gagliano, along with his brother, Nicolo, evolved the Neapolitan style closer to the instruments of Stradivari and away from the Germanic style that prevailed in Southern Italy at the time and that remained apparent to a small degree in the instruments of their father.

This violin follows an “Amatise” Stradivari pattern of the 1680s. It bears a facsimile Stradivari label, affixed by Gennaro, that is original to the instrument. The violin is an especially refined and attractive example and remains in a very pure state of preservation. It boasts the typical Gagliano sound that is both robust and elegant.