Dmitry Gindin: Expert and consultant in fine stringed instruments


Giulio Degani

By the late 19th century, fine violin making in Venice had been in decline for over a century, as it suffered a fate similar to the Cremonese school. Its admirable traditions, however, were upheld by several makers until the late 18th century, including the workshop of Giorgio Seraphin (1726-1775) and his able pupil Anselmo Bellosio (1743-1793), as well as in some of the best instruments now attributed to Michele Deconet (1713-1799). Other makers had certainly worked in Venice and across the Veneto region in that era, but their very low output has become obscured by time. By early in the 19th century, traditional Venetian violin making was barely surviving through the works of Bellosio's stylistic descendants, Marco Cerin (1774-1810) and Pietro Novello (1779-1831). And by the mid-19th century, Luigi Fabris (1809-1889), a relatively prolific and well-known maker, seems to have been the only one left working in the city itself.

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