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Who made the violin?

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May 05, 2009 5:13PM

The violin was born in Italy during the 16th century. Andrea Amati (1511-1577), an Italian that lived during this time, was perhaps the inventor of the violin. This man was commissioned by the French king Charles IX to create these instruments. In the 16th century, violins looked very different -- they were covered with ornate drawings and paintings. Very few violins from this era still exist today, and they are considered priceless artifacts.

Knowledge of violin making continued to pass through the Amati family for several generations. Eventually, the highly prized and secret method for creating violins found its way to two men: Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) and Andrea Guarneri (1626-1698). Violins made by Stradivari and the Guarneri family still exist and are some of the most expensive and most highly prized violins today.