The Nature of the Extraordinary Finish of Stradivari’s Instruments (pages 197–201)
Jean-Philippe Echard, Loïc Bertrand, Alex von Bohlen, Anne-Solenn Le Hô, Céline Paris, Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet, Balthazar Soulier, Agnès Lattuati-Derieux, Sylvie Thao, Laurianne Robinet, Bertrand Lavédrine and Stéphane Vaiedelich
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200905131
What is Stradivari's “secret”? The composition of the mythical varnish that coats Stradivari's violins has raised controversial assumptions for the past two centuries. By using a complementary array of analytical tools, the chemical microstratigraphy of these varnishes has been established. The results provide information on the materials and techniques that were used by the Master, with a detailed characterization of the varnish.