The Violins of František Ondříček and Their Pictorial Documentation in the Collections of the Czech Museum of Music
|Keywords||František Ondříček – violin – violin making – musical iconography – historical photography – studio photography – visual art – performing artist – performing art|
|Citation||KOTAŠOVÁ, Daniela a PAULOVÁ, Eva. The Violins of František Ondříček and Their Pictorial Documentation in the Collections of the Czech Museum of Music. Musicalia. Journal of the Czech Museum of Music / Časopis Českého muzea hudby . Prague: National Museum, 2013, 5(1-2), 117-138. ISSN 1803-7828 (Print), 2533-5634 (Online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/mjotcmom/5-1-2/the-violins-of-frantisek-ondricek-and-their-pictorial-documentation-in-the-collections-of-the-czech-museum-of-music|
This article presents findings from study of and research concerning musical instruments and rich iconographic materials from the estate of the world-renowned Czech violinist František Ondříček. Violins held by the Czech Museum of Music’s Musical Instruments Division were analysed and the results compared with secondary information from literature. Information was found concerning a total of fifteen bowed string instruments known to have been once owned by Ondříček. Five of them are presently held by the Czech Museum of Music, which also holds more than three hundred photographs of the artist (forty of them showing him with a violin) and fifteen works of visual art depicting him. The violin seen most frequently on preserved photographs of Ondříček is one by Didier Nicolas aîné, which is the most historically valuable instrument from his estate. In drawings and works of graphic art Ondříček is shown mainly with his last violin, by Carlo Giuseppe Testore, which he played to the end of his life.