The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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After an eight–month hiatus, the gallery devoted to Western musical instruments has reopened, showcasing more than two hundred works of art drawn primarily from the Metropolitan’s extensive holdings, among the most important in the world. The new installation explores each work within its musical and cultural context, offers exciting comparisons of how individual makers realized the same concept, and introduces examples of the various instruments’ developments. Among the wide range of objects on view—keyboard, string, percussion, woodwind, and brass instruments—a highlight is the famed “Batta” cello made in Cremona, Italy, by Antonio Stradivari (1644–1737), on loan from a private collection.
[Image: Antonio Stradivari “Violoncello ‘Batta-Piatigorsky’” (1714) Spruce, maple, ebony]



from August 01, 2008 to August 01, 2013


Antonio Stradivari et al.

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