First study of ‘Golden Age’ mandolins unlocks secrets of their beauty

Some of the most elaborately decorated instruments in history were produced in 18th century Naples. The materials for varnishes and decorations used by individual mandolin masters, honed for wealthy clients in the ancient city’s labyrinthine artisan quarter, have been kept secret for over 200 years. Details are disclosed for the first time by Tommaso Rovetta from the UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Pavia and colleagues at the Laboratorio Arvedi Research Group in Springer’s journal Applied Physics A – Materials Science & Processing. —> Read More Here


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