- Omobono Stradivari
Omobono Stradivari (November 14, 1679 – June 8, 1742) was a violin maker and the sixth son of the famous Antonio Stradivari.Violoncello made by Omobono Stradivari
Omobono Stradivari was born the 14th of November 1679 to Antonio Stradivari and his first wife Francesca Ferraboschi in Cremona, Italy. Little is known about his early life except that his family was living at a house known as Casa del Pescatore in the Parish of Saint Agata. Just one year after Omobono was born, the family sold the Casa del Pescatore for the respectable sum of 7,000 Imperial Lire, and relocated to the famous home of Antonio Stradivari, Casa Nuziale, which is now No. 1 Piazza Roma, in Cremona. When he was 19 his mother died, and his father, Antonio organized an elaborate funeral, showing that the Stradivaris were already quite prosperous. Antonio quickly remarried, this time to Antonia Zambelli, and had five more children. 
While it is probable that Omobono started working in his father's workshop from a young age, as was the practice of the day, there is very little work that can be definitively traced to him. Antonio Stradivari is well known not only for his high productivity, but also for his use of templates and a highly finished product, eliminating all tool marks that could be used to deduct the identity of the workman. Omobono is supposed to have been chiefly occupied with repairing. On works that are attributable to him, he shows clumsy workmanship, except on the scroll , suggesting that if his father employed a division of labour in his workshop, perhaps Omobono was assigned the scrolls. Besides the decay in workmanship, Omobono's instruments show little other departure from the design of his father except that he tended to point the mitres of his purfling outward, away from the Cs .
After his father's death in 1737, Omobono, who was evidently enriched by his inheritance, stopped his production of instruments, and sank into obscurity.
- 1679 births
- 1742 deaths
- Bowed string instrument makers
- Italian musical instrument makers
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