Collection "Great Italian Violinmaking" inside San Vidal Church.
Adapted from "La Grande Liuteria Italiana" by Artemio Versari.
Ansaldo Poggi was born in 1893 in Medicina near Bologna, he received a diploma in violin before commencing in violin making owing to his father, an amateur luthier. After meeting Giuseppe Fiorini, he went to Zurich to work for him and to refine his technique. He spent most of his professional life in Bologna, and participated in various exhibitions in the 1920s. He used classical Cremonese models, and was especially inspired by Stradivari thanks to his master knowledge of the great craftsman. His died in his native city in 1984. His production can be divided into well-defined periods: the first phase corresponds to the period prior to meeting Fiorini; the second is strongly influenced by his master; and the third and longest phase is where he elaborated a style that is markedly more personal. The great precision in his workmanship is one of the most evident features of his production; his instruments are also appreciated for their excellent sound. Two years before his death, an inventory of his works listed 322 violins, 41 violas and 25 cellos.