Stradivari Varnish

published by Brigitte Brandmair & Peter Greiner, June 2010

…the book is arranged in three sections. The research results of Brandmair and Greiner are presented in this book in the articles “The Build-up of Layers in Stradivari's Varnish” by Stefan-Peter Greiner (41 pages) and “Foundations of Classical Cremonese Violin Varnishes” by Brigitte Brandmair (91 pages). The third section presents a pictures circle of 219 pages. Displayed are twenty-one outstanding instruments expertly shot by the photographer Jan Roehrmann. They are presented in chronological order to provide a representative cross-section of Antonio Stradivari's work, whereas the first instrument is a Nicolò Amati and the last one a Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. The instruments are documented in daylight and UV radiation from life size till magnifications up to 1000x. Each instrument is preceded by a short introductory description written by experts as Eric Blot (Cremona), Dr. Rudolf Hopfner (Vienna), John Dilworth, David Rattray (London) and Dott. Gabriele Rossi-Rognoni (Florence). Many of these instruments have not been documented in the past decades and under no circumstances in this quality. All texts are written in English and German. The book in sum is a unique documentation of scientific varnish research. It will provide, especially due to its vividness, diligence and clear structured presentation, great inspiration and will become an essential accompanist of your daily work. ( text kindly supported by Brigitte Brandmair)

photos by Jan Röhrmann   |   stratigraphic layering system magnification up to 5 x 363 pages incl. poster of the Messiah Stradivari   |   42 x 29,5 cm format  |   life-sized printed photos of 22 instruments ( 14 violins, 5 violas, 2 cellos, 1 guitar)  |   price 369,17 Euro (excl. 7% tax) plus shipping