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Explore the Rawlins Gallery

Move your cursor over and/or click on instruments in this gallery to learn more about them!

Entering the Rawlins Gallery

More than sixty of the NMM's most outstanding stringed instruments are shown in the Rawlins Gallery, which one enters through iron gates designed and hand-forged by R. Walsh of Minneapolis. The gates are a gift of Constance Hampl (1906-1983) of Vermillion.

Showpieces equal to those found anywhere . . . rare, 16th-century violins, violas, and 'cellos from the north Italian cities of Brescia and Cremona, decorated for French kings and Italian nobility . . . suberb lutes and guitars made of ivory and ebony to celebrate the splendor of Venice . . . a true panoply of priceless treasures to delight the senses.


Exhibits seen upon entering the Rawlins Gallery

Plucked stringed instruments from the Witten-Rawlins Collection, including lutes and citterns, are among the first instruments seen when one enters the Rawlins Gallery.


View from the Abell Gallery entrance into the Rawlins Gallery

Among the many priceless instruments on display in the Rawlins Gallery are several tenor violas, a rare lira da braccio, violas d'amore, violas da gamba, and a magnificent violin by Nicolo Amati (Cremona, 1628), grandson of Andrea Amati (four of whose instruments are exhibited in the adjacent case, shown below).


Quartet of Andrea Amati instruments in front of Stradivari and Brescian instruments in the Rawlins Gallery The 'King' cello by Andrea Amati, after 1538 Violin by Andrea Amati, Cremona, ca. 1560 Andrea Amati viola, ca. 1560 Andrea Amati violin, 1574 The 'Cutler-Challen' Stradivari mandolin, 1680 The 'King Charles IV' violin bow from Stradivari workshop, ca. 1700 The 'Rawlins' Stradivari guitar, 1700 The ' Harrison' Stradivari violin, 1693 Violins made in Brescia, Italy Stradivari bass viola da gamba converted into a cello, 1730 Stradivari cello, 1730

An Andrea Amati quartet, instruments by Stradivari (made in Cremona, Italy), and violins from Brescia are all on display in the Rawlins Gallery. Click on the instruments in these cases to find out more about them!

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Treble lute by D. G., Venice, ca. 1550 Cittern attributed to Urbino, Italy, ca. 1550 Guitar attributed to Matteo Sellas, Venice, ca. 1640 Treble lute by D. G., Venice, ca. 1550 Cittern attributed to Urbino, Italy, ca. 1550 Bass viola da gamba by Johannes Florenus Guidantus, Bologna, 1728 Violoncello, The King, by Andrea Amati, Cremona,after 1538 Violin by Andrea Amati, Cremona, ca. 1560 Andrea Amati viola, ca. 1560 Bass viola da gamba, Antonio Stradivari Workshop, Cremona, ca. 1730.  Converted into a violoncello with an adjustable neck, ca. 1835-1850 Guitar, The Rawlins, by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1700 Violin by Nicolo Amati, Cremona, 1628 Violin by Nicolo Amati, Cremona, 1628 Violoncello, The King, by Andrea Amati, Cremona,after 1538 Violin by Andrea Amati, Cremona, ca. 1560 Bass viola da gamba by Johannes Florenus Guidantus, Bologna, 1728