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This page is a project for a rainy day. It is an interesting story which I have yet to write. The documents which are in my library relate to a famous instrument in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection.

A great deal has been written about the instrument of 17th century origin, and it has a colorful history. My documents links it to the Vatican, a fact that is in dispute by musicologists. While the story is probably one of 19th century invention, its characters—the greedy Donna Olimpia Maildalchini and her corrupt brother-in-law Pope Innocent X—make it delicious in the telling.

For more information see The Golden Harpsichord of Michele Todini (1616–1690) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

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