Benti [Bente], Matteo
- Ugo Ravasio
(b Maclodio, nr Brescia, c1580; d Brescia, after 1661). Italian violin and cittern maker. He moved to Brescia late in the 16th century, and he is mentioned there as a cittern and violin maker in city records between 1634 and 1661. No extant instrument can definitely be attributed to him. A richly ornamented lute by Benti was reported by De Piccolellis (Liutai antichi e moderni, 1885) and others as existing in the collection of the museum of the Paris Conservatoire. This is in fact a cittern: Sacconi later attributed it to Stradivari, but it is now thought to be by Girolamo Virchi. Benti's instruments were highly prized by his contemporaries, and Tartini is said to have praised one of his violins for its remarkable sonority.DBI (A.M. Monterosso Vacchelli) G. Livi: I liutai bresciani (Milan, 1896) U. Ravasio: ‘Il fenomeno cetera in area bresciana’, ...