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It’s a version of one of Pinelli's "dance" compositions from the albums Raccolta (1809) and Nuova Raccolta (1816). On some engravings the couple is depicted with additional characters in the background of Naples districts. On a square engraving (actually on a fragment) from the album Peter Bierl Buch- & Kunstantiquariat, Orasburg, Germany, the composition is dated to 1820. Tarantella is the most popular dance in the south of Italy, namely in Naples and Sicily. It’s fast and agile. It’s performed by one or more couples under the accompaniment of guitar, tambourine, and castanet. On Pinelli's engraving, a couple of dancers is depicted in the center of the composition – a gentleman is looking at a lady and tapping the rhythm with castanets, while a woman is lifting up her leg and holding a long dress with her hand. On the left side of the work, a girl is depicted sitting and beating the rhythm on a tambourine. The engraving is brightly painted with blue, red, pink, orange, and yellow watercolors.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature – Pinelli, date – 1816 and the place of performance – Roma. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Il Ballo Napoletano, detto Tarantella. There is a number "1" in the upper right corner above the image.