Little documented information about Alessandro Mezzadri’s personal and professional life survives. Some biographers describe him as both a professional musician and violin maker. He worked from ca. 1690 to 1734 in Ferrara, Italy. Judging from the high quality of his work and the materials he used, Mezzadri appears to have had success during his lifetime as a violin maker.
This violin dates from c. 1725. The materials are of the highest quality, with the front constructed from two matched pieces of spruce. The back is made of a single piece of attractively figured maple with a broad figure running horizontally. The orange-brown varnish on a golden ground is magnificent. His work is very stylish and individual and is loosely based on the Amati model.
Alessandro Mezzadri is seen as the founder of the Ferrara school of violin making.