This special exhibition celebrated the life and work of Antonio Stradivari.

For the first time ever in the UK, 21 of Stradivari’s most important, well-preserved instruments were displayed to showcase the brilliance of his craft, including 11 works from his Golden Period.

Dr Jon Whiteley, Senior Assistant Keeper of Western Art and Curator of the exhibition, says: "The Ashmolean is thrilled and honoured to be holding this exhibition, and we are extremely grateful to the institutions and private owners who have generously lent their instruments. To bring together so many rare and important violins – by the greatest maker of all time – is an extraordinary event and one which I hope our many visitors will enjoy."

The exhibition was open at the Ashmolean Museum 13 June – 11 August 2013.


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