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Jacopo Robusti, detto Tintoretto - The Fall of Phaethon
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Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez - Portrait of Francesco I d’Este
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Bust of Francesco I d’Este
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Prospero Clemente - Bust of Ercole II d'Este
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Domenico Galli - Cello
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Boy with thorn
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Annibale Carracci - Venus and Love
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Double Harp
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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, detto Guercino - Venus, Mars and Cupid
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Guido Mazzoni - Head of an old man
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Antonio Raggi - Sacred Love defeating profane Love
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Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, detto l'Antico - The Gonzaga Vase
Jacopo Robusti, detto Tintoretto - The Fall of Phaethon
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez - Portrait of Francesco I d’Este
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Bust of Francesco I d’Este
Prospero Clemente - Bust of Ercole II d'Este
Domenico Galli - Cello
Boy with thorn
Annibale Carracci - Venus and Love
Double Harp
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, detto Guercino - Venus, Mars and Cupid
Guido Mazzoni - Head of an old man
Antonio Raggi - Sacred Love defeating profane Love
Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, detto l'Antico - The Gonzaga Vase

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This cello was made for Francesco II d'Este (1660-1694) by Domenico Galli (1649 - 1697), carver, decorator, calligrapher and musician, together with an anonymous luthier. The work itself is a testimony of the eclectic and omnivorous Baroque culture that distinguished Europe in the seventeenth century: it was in fact made with a wide variety of materials, such as maple, fir, jujube and ebony finely carved and inlaid , but there are also tortoise shell, glass and ceramic inserts. The work is a splendid synthesis of two different types that over the centuries have characterized the artistic production and the high craftsmanship in the Padana area, that is the lutherie the wooden marquetry. At the same time, it is a precious testimony to the importance of music within the Este court, even after the transfer of the ducal seat from Ferrara to Modena.

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