Also known as ‘Il Soldato’, Giuseppe Guadagnini was one of the sons of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini. He trained with and assisted his father, but was probably working independently by the age of 25. He lived in various cities, notably Pavia, Como and Milan.
His work demonstrates his father’s influence (Compare the f-holes of Giuseppe’s circa 1780 violin with his father’s 1751 violin) but Giuseppe did not inherit his father’s flair or his ability as a craftsman. The violin circa 1785 is typical of his best work, with carefully chosen wood and a fine golden-orange varnish.