It. family of vn.‐makers (also vas., vcs., and dbs.) at Cremona. Comprised Andrea (c. 1505–c. 1580) whose sons Antonio (c. 1538–c. 1595) and Girolamo (Geronimus) (1561–1630) made many changes. Nicola (1596–1684), son of Girolamo, is reckoned the greatest of the Amatis. Among his pupils were Stradivari and Guarneri. The last of the line was Nicola's son Girolamo (1649–1740).
Subjects: Music — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).