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The ‘Messiah’ Stradivari Celebrates 300th Birthday

The ‘Messiah’ Stradivari Celebrates 300th Birthday

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It is a rare treat to see the, arguably, most important violin in the world in Cremona. On loan from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, the Stradivari “Messiah” violin, also known by its French name, “Messie”, made a rare trip to its birthplace, Cremona, where it was made 300 years ago.

A Messie-copy by JB Vuillaume, sold recently by Hans Weisshaar Los Angeles, is being exhibited alongside the original Messiah, made by Antonio Stradivari in 1716. “It is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these two instruments side by side”, explained Georg Eittinger, violin dealer, restorer and maker and owner of Hans Weisshaar, of his trip to Cremona.

The Messiah built by Stradivari is believed to have been sold by his son, Paolo, in 1775. Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume wrote the sale details inside the top plate of the violin, which he bought 1855. The violin has rarely left Oxford since 1939. The exhibition at the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy runs through 18 Dec. 2016.