Amati is a family of celebrated Italian violin makers of Cremona.
(died about 1578), founder of the Cremona school of violin makers. His model was a small violin with high back and belly, amber varnish, and a clear although weak tone.
(circa 1550-c. 1638) and Girolamo Amati (c. 1556-c. 1630), sons of Andrea Amati. They worked together and followed their father’s style. Girolamo also developed a larger violin with an altered sound hole.
(1596-1684), son of Girolamo Amati. He became the most eminent craftsman of the family. His model is extremely elegant, with the backs and bellies arched and made of beautiful grained wood. The sound holes are graceful and bold, the scroll is exquisitely cut, and the varnish is transparent and of a deep, rich hue. As a rule, Nicolò used a small pattern, although he produced some large violins, which are now called grand Amatis and are highly valued. He also made a number of beautiful violas and violoncellos. The great Italian violin makers Antonio Stradivari and Andrea Guarneri were his pupils.
(1649-1740), son of Nicolò Amati, ended the leadership of the Amati name in the craft of violin making.