The Guarneri ‘Il Cannone’ Comes to Columbus, Ohio

May 16, 2019 464

It could be something out of “Mission Impossible.” Only under armed guard, chaperoned by a conservator, and kept in a protected temperature- and humidity-controlled custom-made case can the celebrated 1743 Guarneri del Gesù “Il Cannone” leave its specially made room at the Palazzo Doria-Tursi in Genoa, Italy.

To host such a celebrity must be both a dream come true and a logistical nightmare. Needless to say, this beauty rarely travels. Yet, the famous violin of the great Italian violinist Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840) is now briefly on display in the exhibition “Paganini in Columbus” at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, until May 19, 2019.

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