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Schieffer Unveils The King Henry IV Amati Violin
(May We Have A Drum Roll, Please?)

Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 1
Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 2
Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 3
Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 4
Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 5
Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 6
Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 7

The violin by Antonio and Girolamo Amati (Cremona, ca. 1595), bearing the armorials of King Henry IV of Navarre and France (1553-1610) that was presented to the NMM on May 14, 2010, by Kevin Schieffer (Sioux Falls), was revealed to the public in its new display case on September 24, 2010. The timing of the unveiling, which took place during the annual fall Member and Trustee Reception, was scheduled to honor the 400th anniversary of the requiem mass held for Henry IV in the Medici family church of San Lorenzo, in Florence, Italy, on September 16, 1610. The royal violin, along with its 18th-century case made during the reign of Louis XVI, are now on permanent display in the NMM's first floor hallway, near the entrance to the Rawlins Gallery.

Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 7

Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 8 Kevin Schieffer unveils Amati violin, view 8


NMM Members and Guests View the Violin for the First Time

Schieffer is congratulated
The King Henry IV violin on display
Schieffer is congratulated

NMM Members admire the violin, view 2
NMM Members admire the violin
Catherine Stearns admires the Amati violin

Andrew Dipper, Andre P. Larson, Claire Givens, and Kevin Schieffer
Andrew Dipper, Claire Givens, and Kevin Schieffer

Kevin Schieffer poses with Andrew Dipper, André P. Larson, and Claire Givens. Givens (a member of the NMM Board of Trustees) and Dipper, violin dealers and restorers from Claire Givens Violins in Minneapolis, were instrumental in arranging for the violin's acquisition by the NMM. To learn more about the violin, its acquisition, and presentation to the NMM, see "King Henry IV's Amati Violin Joins NMM's Crown Jewels" by Arian Sheets.

Photos by Aaron Packard

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