Lorenzo Ventapane is generally considered to be the most important of the Neapolitan makers outside the Gagliano family. He almost certainly trained with one of the Gaglianos, most likely Giovanni or his son Nicolo II, and his instruments bear a strong resemblance in construction, varnish and tone to those of the Gagliano family.
The upright f-holes, the use of paper in the purfling and the placement of the pegs give the two violins illustrated here a characteristically Neapolitan appearance. Neither of them has the greenish tint in the varnish that one often sees in Gaglianos of this period, but instead a rather attractive golden-orange. As is the case with many of the Neapolitan makers, however, the quality of the materials, and indeed of the workmanship, can vary from one instrument to the next.
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