Pinocchio's Booth in Rome
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The first work titled Il Casotto dei Burattini in Roma was performed by Bartolomeo Pinelli for Raccolta di cinquanta costumi pittoreschi released in 1809. It was a multi-figure composition, where in front of a wide square there was a crowd of people standing before a booth of a puppet mini-theatre. Among the spectators there were noblemen, monks, women, children, and even one traveler on a donkey. In the background, the artist depicted tall buildings, over the roofs of which the dome of St. Peter's Cathedral could be seen on the right. The engraving by Pinelli made in a slightly different variant, without the dome of the cathedral, but with a large crowd of monks and noblemen in a smaller square, has been known since 1816. This engraving with a simpler composition, in which there are few architectural elements, and the audience is dominated by common people, was issued in the album Nuova Raccolta di Cinquanta costumi pittoreschi incisi di acqua forte published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. This work was probably made in 1816. The artist presents a street scene where in the middle of the square stands Pinocchio's booth, with a popular puppet character peeking out of it. There are mostly women and children near the booth. The engraving is painted with bright watercolor paints with prevailing red, blue, yellow, and green ones. In 1844, the album with 27 engravings by Bartolomeo Pinelli was released, which included selected scenes of carnival, games, actions, street scenes, as well as this engraving.
In the lower right corner there is the author's signature Pinelli f. [fecit]. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the title of the work Il Casotto dei Burattini in Roma. In the upper right corner there is a number "10".