Until January 10, 2021, the Museum of San Colombano, jewel of Genus Bononiae’s museum circuit and home of Tagliavini’s Collection, hosts the Still Alive exhibition with bowed instruments of the collection of Maestro José Vázquez, director of the Orpheon Foundation in Vienna. There are over 200 ancient bowed and arched instruments from the Vázquez collection (Orpheon Foundation), dating from 1550 to 1780, all restored and updated to their original conditions, included alongside the harpsichords and spinets from the collection of Maestro Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, in an ideal and timeless dialogue between arched elements and those with plucked and struck strings.
The entire Vázquez collection, the largest of its kind in the world, includes violas da gamba, violas d'amore, violins, violas, cellos, violons and baryton. Ample space is given to the instruments organized in England in the era of William Shakespeare and Henry Purcell, and in the Habsburg Empire, and as an ideal homage to Bologna there are bolognese school bowed instruments such as a violin made by Gian Antonio Marchi (c. 1770) or a viola da gamba by Giovanni Fiorino Guidantus (18th century).
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