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1699, Manufacturer: Giovanni Battista Grancino




Up to the present day, the tradition of Cremona as a town of violin-making tends to make us overlook the fact that in the 17th and 18th centuries violin-making of the highest standard was also prevalent in other northern Italian towns such as Milan. The label in the cello pictured here assigns the instrument to the Grancinos. The wording runs »Giovanni Grancino in Contrada Largha di Milano al segno della Corona 1699«. Two generations of violin makers of the Grancino family - both with the same first name - worked in the Contrada Largha. In the year in which this cello was made, the founder of the workshop was already 62 years old and Giovanni Battista junior, then 26, was probably responsible for a considerable part of the work. At the time when this cello was made, the typical "Grancino-style" was fully developed. Like all celli of the 17th century is built on a very big model's base and was scaled down in later days. (rh)

Lit.: Rudolf Hopfner: Masterpieces from the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. A Short Guide through the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Vol. 1, Vienna 2019

Location: Neue Burg, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente Saal 14

Object data

Object Name



Italy, Milan




Giovanni Battista Grancino (1637 - 1709 Mailand) - GND

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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente

Inv. No.

Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 1072

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