Trombone in Cremona, Italy

Cremona, Italy is often associated musically with string instruments, particularly the famous violins of the Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari families. Here is one example, however, of a Cremonese brass instrument. I recently found this cherub-trombonist image from a church in Cremona, balancing out the string player who stands opposite him.

 

c. 1566—Cremona, Italy: Bolognese artist Orazio Samacchini paints a cherub (putto) holding a trombone in the Church of Sant’Abbondio (see detail below; public domain) (Bandera Fig. 66).samacchini dtl cropped

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