Woman from Piedimonte d'Alife in the Province of Terra di Lavoro in the Kingdom of Naples
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The composition is known in a version of 1816, which was issued in the album called 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. The work was based on the graphic work of 1791 by the Neapolitan artist Alessandro d’Anna , which is now preserved in the Museo Nazionale di San Martino. Alessandro d’Anna died in 1810, and his works became apparently available for Bartolomeo Pinelli. The artist actually made a copy after the composition by Alessandro d'Anna. However, the image of a woman in Pinelli's work is more refined, in contrast to the bulky woman painted by the Neapolitan artist. The author depicted a noble lady with a headdress, in luxurious clothes, and with a necklace on her neck. A little girl walking next to her is depicted in the same expensive clothes. There is a fragment of the city with a tall tower in the background. Depicted on the engraving is the city of Piedimonte d'Alifo (d'Alife), which was located deep in the province of Terra di Lavoro (now the province of Campania). The people's clothing is painted with bright colors, while the trees, shrubs, and the distant views – with dimmed ones.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli and a date 1816. In the center of the engraving under the image there is a title of the work Donna di Piedimonte d’Alifo, della Provincia di Terra di Lavoro nel Regno di Napoli. In the upper right corner above the image there is a number "4".