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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 quickly made a name for himself as one of the most dextrous craftsmen in the world, thanks to the tiny ornate details on his instruments - notice how even the pegs holding the strings on this Viotti violin are beautifully carved. Crafted in 1709 and named after its owner Giovanni Battista Viotti, this violin now belongs to the Royal Academy of Music in London.
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