Collection "Great Italian Violinmaking" inside San Vidal Church
From "La Grande Liuteria Italiana" by Artemio Versari
Born in Turin in 1875, he studied as a violinist but soon passionately got into violin-making. He may have been an apprentice of Oddone, with whom he will later collaborate, but he could also have studied with Marengo Rinaldi. Guerra was gifted with extraordinary mamual skills and he worked very fast. He did not have great business skills, however, and spent much of his life collaborating with more wellknown makers. He worked together with Marengo Rinaldi, Oddone, Fagnola and Francesco Guadagnini. He partecipated in only one competition, in Turin in 1911. He died in his native city in 1956. Thought he followed an unusual path, he is considered one of the great Turinese luthiers of the twentieth century, and certainly one of the most productive and eclectic. He often worked with great speed, but without compromising precision or character. The instruments he signed awere generally using Rocca or Guadadnini models although they were not usually faithful copies.