Chiesa di San Maurizio: Museo della Musica (Museum of Musical Instruments), Venice

Chiesa di San Maurizio: Museo della Musica (Museum of Musical Instruments), Venice

Originally, there had been a place of worship on this site since as early as 699 AD. The current church, which is no longer used for religious purposes, was constructed in 1806. Designed in the Neoclassical style, it was the creation of architect Giovanni Antonio Selva, renowned for his work on the famous local opera house, The Phoenix ("La Fenice").

Now occupying the space is the Museum of Musical Instruments, one of the few free museums in the city. The exhibits, all located in a single room, showcase a collection of antique musical instruments, documents, and artifacts related to the musical personalities of Baroque Venice. Among them are renowned figures such as Antonio Vivaldi, the world-famous virtuoso violinist and composer born in Venice in 1678; the Amati family, esteemed violin makers, including Nicolò Amati, who taught Antonio Stradivari and Andrea Guarneri; Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, an esteemed Italian luthier considered one of the greatest craftsmen of string instruments in history, following Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri ("del Gesù"); and Francesco and Matteo Goffriller, master makers of violins, violas, and cellos in the Venetian school, among others.

The collection consists of around 150 instruments dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and includes nearly 40 violins, 20 violas, several cellos and double basses, as well as approximately 10 mandolins. Additionally, visitors can explore historical flutes, harps, and other intriguing musical instruments, such as the 17th-century psalterium that was later transformed into a zither and dulcimer.

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