Antonio Vinaccia, mandolins and the sound of Naples

Mandolino Antonio Vinaccia, Napoli, 1781

Here is a beautiful mandolin made in 1781 by Antonio Vinaccia, a Neapolitan craftsman who worked in the capital of Campania in the second half of the 18th century.

Vinaccia belonged to a famous family of craftsmen who specialized in the manufacture of musical instruments, whose workshop on Rua Catalana produced mandolins as well as guitars and violins.

This is an extraordinary piece from the Neapolitan school, with beautiful decorations and wonderful mother of pearl, ivory, red fir, gold and tortoiseshell inlay.

It is part of the musical instruments collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


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June 8, 2016