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Wed 16 May 2018, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Guest: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: otagodfas

Otago Decorative and Fine Arts Society host visiting lecturer Simon Rees at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

The violin is an instrument with a long history, dating back to the early rebecs and viols of the middle ages. During the 16th century its form was perfected, and in the following centuries such makers as members of the Stradivarius, Amati and Guarnerius families in Cremona, and Jacob Stainer in Austria, made instruments that are still played today, as well as being used as models by contemporary violin makers.

For the whole of this long period, the violin in its various forms has been the subject of paintings, drawings and prints, and much of the early history of the instrument is contained in these. Artists such as Domenico di Bartolo, Dosso Dossi, Franz Hals, Pieter Claes, Judith Leyster, Stephen Seymour Thomas and Martin Cavell incorporated violins in religious, genre and vanitas paintings. Simon Rees, a keen amateur violinist himself, traces the history of this beautiful instruments and illustrates it with images and recorded music.

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