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What makes Stradivarius violins so special? Made by Antonio Stradivari and his family, these instruments are among the most valuable violins in the world, highly regarded by performers and audiences. Take a look at pictures from the Stradivarius exhibition at Oxford's Ashmolean museum, uncovering the beauty of these musical works of art.
A great violin maker like Stradivari needs a great teacher. Cue Nicolò Amati (1596–1684), one of the first luthiers to take apprentices from outside his family into his workshop. At least one Antonio Stradivari label, dated 1666, reads, Alumnus Nicolais Amati - student of Nicolò Amati. This violin is known as the Amati Alard, made by Nicolò in 1649.
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