The Cultural District of Violin Making is a network of Cremona municipality that keeps the search for quality violinmaking alive and constantly strives to defend traditional craftsmanship. It coordinates various groups in the city involved in education, teaching and research in the field of music and violinmaking. The Bracco Foundation, one of the leading arts patrons in Italy, has chosen to finance the “I Cantieri del Suono” project, dealing with this highly promising area. One of the projects aims consists in the acquisition and valorisation of a rare violin made by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona, 1744-1816), involving all the main organisations in the District, plus the violin makers that work in the city of Cremona. This small-size violin, known as “Piccolo”, was probably made for a child. The instrument was played in the decades following its construction (1793), but then it has not been used for a significant period. It provides an extraordinary piece of evidence when it comes to construction techniques, the materials used and the composition of varnishes in late eighteenth century Cremona. The analytical protocol developed at the Laboratorio Arvedi di Diagnostica non Invasiva allowed collecting new data on the instrument through a non-invasive approach (XRF and FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray radiography, VIS-UVIFL photography, 3D laser scanning, OCT, NMR). The obtained results were discussed with the students of the Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, aiming at identifying the best procedures to preserve the instrument and its materials. Meanwhile, the students of the International School of Violin Making took advantage from 3D model, making a playable copy of the instrument. The violin and its copy will soon enrich the Civic Collections and will be exhibited at the Museo del Violino in Cremona. Up to now different strategies of communications have been put in place (publication of a monography, social network notifications, congress for experts in the field). During the exhibition, attention will be given to the diagnostic results, accompanying visitors through different levels of technical insights.

“I Cantieri del Suono” project: a public-private cooperation for the valorization of the violin “Piccolo” by Lorenzo Storioni (1793)

Tommaso Rovetta;Michela Albano;Giacomo Fiocco;Claudia Invernizzi;Maurizio Licchelli;Marco Malagodi
2019

Abstract

The Cultural District of Violin Making is a network of Cremona municipality that keeps the search for quality violinmaking alive and constantly strives to defend traditional craftsmanship. It coordinates various groups in the city involved in education, teaching and research in the field of music and violinmaking. The Bracco Foundation, one of the leading arts patrons in Italy, has chosen to finance the “I Cantieri del Suono” project, dealing with this highly promising area. One of the projects aims consists in the acquisition and valorisation of a rare violin made by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona, 1744-1816), involving all the main organisations in the District, plus the violin makers that work in the city of Cremona. This small-size violin, known as “Piccolo”, was probably made for a child. The instrument was played in the decades following its construction (1793), but then it has not been used for a significant period. It provides an extraordinary piece of evidence when it comes to construction techniques, the materials used and the composition of varnishes in late eighteenth century Cremona. The analytical protocol developed at the Laboratorio Arvedi di Diagnostica non Invasiva allowed collecting new data on the instrument through a non-invasive approach (XRF and FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray radiography, VIS-UVIFL photography, 3D laser scanning, OCT, NMR). The obtained results were discussed with the students of the Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, aiming at identifying the best procedures to preserve the instrument and its materials. Meanwhile, the students of the International School of Violin Making took advantage from 3D model, making a playable copy of the instrument. The violin and its copy will soon enrich the Civic Collections and will be exhibited at the Museo del Violino in Cremona. Up to now different strategies of communications have been put in place (publication of a monography, social network notifications, congress for experts in the field). During the exhibition, attention will be given to the diagnostic results, accompanying visitors through different levels of technical insights.
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