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Who invented the violin?

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The person credited with inventing the first modern violin was Andrea Amati. The first four-string violin was documented to have been created by Amati in 1577 and other documentations show that he created two, three-string violins between 1542 and 1546. It's worth noting, however, that violin-like instruments were depicted in the paintings of Gaudenzio Ferrari that are dated between 1529 and 1530, predating the instruments created by Amati.

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In Ferrari's painting, "Madonna of the Orange Tree," a cherub can be seen playing a violin-like, bowed instrument with three strings that resembles a violin. Several years later, Ferrari painted a fresco that depicts what appears to be a cello, a viola and a violin. Ferrari's paintings were done in Northern Italy, a region that is believed to be where the violin originated.

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