Woman from Latina in the Province of Terra di Lavoro in the Kingdom of Naples
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The composition is known only in one version of 1816, which was issued in the album Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interessanti delle città, terre e paesi in provincie diverse del Regno di Napoli (Collection of 50 most interesting picturesque costumes from cities, towns and villages of different provinces of the Kingdom of Naples) published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. A woman with a basket over her shoulder and a stick in her hand is taking a pass in the Apennines. She is walking to the top of the mountain visible in the horizon. She is wearing a traditional for mountain people clothing – a long red skirt, a blue jacket, an apron tied around the waist, and a headscarf with long ribbons tied on her head. The traveler is accompanied by a white dog. In the title the author indicates the area of Latina. It is probably the village of Lotino, which is hidden deep in the mountains on the border of the province of Terra di Lavoro. Nowadays such a province does not exist, as it was divided between Lazio and Campania after the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy (1861). The people's clothing is painted with bright colors, while the bushes and the background – with dimmed ones.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature – Pinelli f. [fecit] and date – 1816. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Donna di Latina, della Provincia di Terra di Lavoro nel Regno di Napoli. There is an illegible number in the upper right corner above the image.