Goatherd in Rome
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This engraving was issued in the album Nuova Raccolta di Cinquanta costumi pittoreschi incisi di acqua forte published in Rome in 1817. The composition with the central image of a milkman was repeated by the painter in 1819; it was titled Il capraro di Tivoli (Goatherd of Tivoli). However, that work showed a young girl with a kid on her lap sitting next to the milkman; the young man milking a she-goat was depicted looking at the girl. In the Lviv composition, the young man is looking at the viewer, at the same time milking a she-goat. There is a kid next to the she-goat, and there are two other goats in the background on the left. The rocky steep bank on the right, from which the green branches of trees are hanging, is depicted in the foreground on the right. The artist used subdued tones of color. Only trousers, a belt and a scarf of the goatherd are painted with bright colors drawing special attention to the man’s figure in the foreground.
In the lower left corner there is the painter's signature Pinelli. In the center under the image there is the title of the work Il Capraro, in Roma. In the upper right corner of the engraving above the image there is a number "8".