On View
Oct 27, 2006–Dec 3, 2006

This exhibition featured three of the eleven known  decorated instruments made by Stradivari, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution.

The exhibition and related programs were sponsored by the Sousa Archives.

The exquisite  marquetry and ornamental design of these master- pieces typify the sophistication of baroque decorative  art. This was a unique opportunity to see and hear remarkable instruments. The musical program and  visual arts context in which they were exhibited  covered the 17th—18th centuries.


Exhibition programming

November 12 1 pm: Musical Performance "A Musical Serenade: Stradivari's Decorated String Quartet  Smithsonian Chamber Players"