This fine violin was made in Bologna, Italy, around 1700. Giovanni Tononi was born in Bologna around 1640 and died in 1713. He studied under his father and master, Felice Tononi. Giovanni Tononi produced violins of very high quality both in workmanship and sound. His skill surpassed many of his contemporaries and equaled some of the finest makers of his era. Justice R.D. Bell, a music-lover and philanthropist, donated the violin to the Canada Council in December 2002.