This just in from the Ashmolean Museum:
13 June–18 August 2013
Antonio Stradivari (c.1644–1737) – or Stradivarius as he is usually known – is the only maker
of musical instruments whose name ranks alongside those of the great composers. While the
details of his life are not as familiar as Vivaldi’s or Mozart’s, his name evokes the idea of a
creative genius in the popular imagination. This exhibition will explore his life and work and
will put on show twenty of the most important instruments in the world, some of which have
never before been displayed in public.
The show has been curated by Dr Jon Whiteley at the Ashmolean, with Charles Beare OBE.
It will feature twenty instruments by the master, on loan from private and international collections and it will be opened with a a gala concert given by Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes at the Sheldonian Theatre on 14 June.