The ‘Messiah’ Stradivari Celebrates 300th Birthday
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.