Banquet in Rome on Testaccio Hill
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It’s a version of the composition by Pinelli of the 1810s from the album Raccolta (1809). The previous engraving depicted a multi-figure composition with five gentlemen and three ladies sitting at a table under an oak tree; in the background behind a ravine, there was a group of dancers. The same version was published in the edition of 1814. Instead, the so-called Lviv later version is a foreground composition, where two ladies are sitting and three gentlemen are standing and sitting at a table near an old tree in the background of a mountain peak. One of the gentlemen is hugging the lady, another one is playing the lute, and the third one is giving a toast. The engraving is painted in bright colors, with prevailing red, pink, and blue ones. Monte Testaccio is a hill in Rome, which is located on the eastern bank of the River Tiber. It’s a place where ancient amphorae were accumulated. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, it was a place where young people held their banquets. Trastevere, Pinelli's family home, was located on the opposite bank of the River Tiber, that’s why one can see different views of Testaccio on his engravings.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature – Pinelli. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Baccanale di Roma in Testaccio. There is a number "2" in the upper right corner above the image.