Nicolo Paganina (1782-1840) the great Italian violinist, willed his fine instrument to his home city of Genoa.
His bequest carried one condition. The violin was never to be played; it would simply be placed
on display. But that's not good for a finely crafted stringed instrument. It
needs to be used and handled regularly if its beauty and value are to be
retained. As a result of Paganini's request, his marvelous violin has become
nothing more than a decaying form. It has wasted away as a museum piece.