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Violin made by Nicolò Amati. Photo courtesy of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

Violin made by Nicolò Amati. Photo courtesy of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

The folks at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments are planning an exhibition of about 20 newly acquired pieces that belonged to New Haven native Andrew Petryn, who died last year.

Petryn was a graduate of the Yale School of Art and worked as a conservator at the Yale University Art Gallery. An amateur violinist who had an interest in the instrument’s design and construction, he donated two violins to the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in 2010.

According to a news release issued by the organization last week, “The collection of more than twenty objects was received in bequest following Mr. Petryn’s death in October 2013. Highlights include violins by Italian masters Nicolò Amati and Andrea Guarneri, and three bows by the pre-eminent French archetier François Tourte. … the collection also comprises two violins of German make and twelve more bows by important archetiers, among them Jean Adam, Jacques LaFleur, François Nicolas Voirin, James Dodd, and Albert Nürnberger.”

Violin made by Andrea Guarneri. Photo courtesy of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

Violin made by Andrea Guarneri. Photo courtesy of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

According to the Encyclopedia Smithsonian, “Andrea Guarneri … was a fellow apprentice of (Antonio) Stradivari in the workshop of Nicolo Amati.”

These are among the most iconic names of the master Cremonese luthiers. The Amati and Guarneri instruments acquired by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments date to the 17th century. The Parisian archetier François Tourte has long been described as the “Stradivari of the bow,” having developed the modern design in the late 18th century.

Visit the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments online at collection.yale.edu.

 

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