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Art Gallery: Guitar Heroes - Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York

Art Gallery: Guitar Heroes - Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York

Beautiful exhibits from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's instrumental overview

String theory: Detail of a guitar by James D'AquistoAll images © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

From a guitar by Matteo Sellas dating back to Germany before 1630 to one made in New York by John Monteleone in 2008, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Guitar Heroes exhibition is will go down as the longest guitar solo slot in history. Including one of the four surviving models by Stradivari, it monitors the guitar’s development in Italy and the instrument’s migration across the Atlantic. Angelo Mannello, born in Italy, made the mandolins seen here in America. It is clear from this gallery, which includes a bespoke instrument made for Paul Simon, that the skill exhibited by the great guitarists is no less an attribute of the craftsmen who design and build the instruments they play.

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