The Ethnographic Museum in Forlì is one of the oldest Italian museums devoted to material culture. Its initial collection comprised the Romagna Ethnographic Exhibition staged in 1921 by Aldo Spallicci, Emilio Rosetti, and Benedetto Pergoli.
The Museum was inaugurated the following year at Palazzo Del Merenda. It features, among other things, reconstructions of rural and domestic environments and typical artisans’ workshops. The latter include a luthier’s workshop, featuring materials and tools that belonged to two luthiers who were active in Forlì during the first half of the 20th century: Armando Barbieri and Rodolfo Tramonti.
Armando Barbieri (Asti 1893 – Forlì 1963) was a luthier, musician, actor, and playwright. He wrote “A treatise on ancient and modern lutherie for young luthiers”, published in 1956, and his instruments won numerous awards: in Florence (1926), Turin (1927) and in the competitions sponsored by the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome in the late 1920s and early 1930s.