The Oldest Violin in History

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Gaudenzio Ferrari: Consort of the Viola da braccio Family

This is the very first portrait of the violin family to appear in history. The ensemlbe consists of two violins, a viola and a violoncello, accompanied by lute and percussion. This exquisite fresco adorning the cupola of the Catherdral of Saronno was made around 1535 by Gaudenzio Ferrari, from Valduggia (Novara), Italy.

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Gaudenzio Ferrari: Viola da braccio

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Gaudenzio Ferrari: Violoncello

Violin 1540 - Da Santa Croce

Violin 1540 - Da Santa Croce

Hieronimo Da Santa Croce, 1540 (Blato, Korcula, Croatia)

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updated 16.03.2011