Ernesto de Angelis – medical doctor and Neapolitan luthier.

The Life, of Dr. Ernesto de Angelis, his instruments and information about his book HISTORY OF VIOLIN MAKERS IN NAPLES-ITALY FROM THE 17th CENTURY

“The Neapolitan violin making from the seventeenth century to the present day”

The work is dedicated to all experts and enthusiasts of the Music industry to deepen their knowledge on the history of Neapolitan violin making, get to know the luthier families and discover all the characteristics, specifications and measurements of each author in order to recognise the authenticity of an instrument and the quality of a restoration.

Why Buying this Book?

  • a brief but detailed description of the history of Naples and its musical and luthier tradition.
  • A precise and detailed description of the historical Neapolitan luthiers and families
  • Numerous detailed sheets on the characteristics of each luthier with photos, dates and measurements of the instruments.
  • How to recognize an instrument and if it is actually original.
  • Further resources, ideas, anecdotes and curiosities about the art of making instruments in Arco in Naples.

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The English version of this book is being printed and awaited in all physical and online bookstores from spring 2023.

The volume is enriched by a precious series of photographs showing authentic masterpieces of the Neapolitan tradition, including violins by Gagliano, Bellarosa, Altavilla, Iorio and others, all passed through the hands of this passionate luthier.

A rare and exciting testimony of the Neapolitan art of building bowed instruments, told through the experience, observations and data collected directly by Dr. Ernesto de Angelis, doctor and passionate Neapolitan luthier.

Neapolitan Presepio’s Instruments

A gallery of Ernesto’s opera dedicated to the Neapolitan Presepio Scale. He recreated the luthier’s workshop on Presepio scale.

Ernesto de Angelis, medical doctor, Neapolitan researcher and luthier from the eyes of his daughter.

Anyone who has known Ernesto knows well how difficult it can be to explain in a few lines, beyond his merits, even though they were great, the man Ernesto.

Who knows how much more he would have done, what surprises the tools he left incomplete hide. Sometimes I still remain enchanted looking at his unfinished instruments; these naked children of his hands. They are violins without paint, without strings, still there, on her work table, waiting for something, someone that will come to rescue them. To give them a voice. Because sometimes it is not enough to have a good hand and artistic taste to build a good violin, but you need more than that to give them a soul.

For more information you can contact me in English, Italian, German and Dutch here:

dr. Laura de Angelis