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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.
Stradivari developed his style gradually over time, with his earlier violins being slightly smaller than his later models. As well as being smaller in size, his earlier models are often not as highly regarded as his later instruments. This is a 'Violino piccolo' from 1712, meaning it's slightly shorter than a regular sized violin. Measuring 475mm from top to bottom, it's around 100mm shorter than a full sized instrument.
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