- Philip J. Kass
(b Naples, Italy, Feb 24, 1907; d Naples, Italy, 1979). Italian violin maker. He was the son of Riccardo Bellarosa, a professor of violin at the Naples Conservatory, and initially studied under Vito Vitantonio in Rotello. In the late 1920s he studied briefly in Mittenwald, and later in Rome under Rodolfo Fredi. About 1930 he re-established himself in Naples. Bellarosa’s work is classically Neapolitan. His work strikingly resembles that of earlier makers such as the Gaglianos, whose names often appear in his instruments in place of his own. During the 1940s and early 1950s he appears to have been associated with Giovanni Pistucci (1864–1955), finishing and varnishing a number of Pistucci’s instruments after his death. Also in the early 1950s he attempted a model closer in character to Stradivari’s; these instruments often bear his sea-horses brand on either side of the end button. Bellarosa’s varnish is typical of classic Neapolitan varnishes and varies from golden orange to deep red, the latter often coloured with dragon’s blood....