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Vincenzo Postiglione

The early career of Vincenzo II Postiglione as a violin maker coincided with the final and most eventful 15 years of the risorgimento: a complex, turbulent and often bloody process, with an aftermath that devastated the once-opulent city of Naples. During the last decade of activity of the Raffaele and Antonio Gagliano workshop, with Vincenzo poised to inherit it, the Gaglianos did not require yet another pair of hands. This may have been why in the late 1840s the young Postiglione, probably previously taught by his father (also called Vincenzo), entered the workshop of Vincenzo Jorio. Jorio, who died soon thereafter, is also credited with teaching Postiglione's elder colleague, Giuseppe Desiato.