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Giovanni Pistucci

A leading twentieth century Neapolitan maker, Pistucci is known for his copies of Gagliano, which acknowledge the tradition of his own city, but often seem to be pastiches of the most eminent of the Neapolitan luthiers, given their facsimile labels of Gagliano and other lesser known makers. He was born in Naples in 1864 and trained with Vincenzo Postiglione, who was himself a very clever and convincing copyist. After Pistucci’s death in 1955, his assistant Vittorio Bellarosa acquired all his workshop materials and continued working in similar fashion. Pistucci is credited with over a thousand instruments, and won awards at exhibitions in Brussels and Naples.

Giovanni Pistucci

(b Naples, 1864; d 1955)

A leading twentieth century Neapolitan maker, Pistucci is known for his copies of Gagliano, which acknowledge the tradition of his own city, but often seem to be pastiches of the most eminent of the Neapolitan luthiers, given their facsimile labels of Gagliano and other lesser known makers. He was born in Naples in 1864 and trained with Vincenzo Postiglione, who was himself a very clever and convincing copyist. After Pistucci’s death in 1955, his assistant Vittorio Bellarosa acquired all his workshop materials and continued working in similar fashion. Pistucci is credited with over a thousand instruments, and won awards at... Read more