Cheese Seller in Naples
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The first version of the engraving is not found. It is probable that the Lviv version dates back to 1816. This composition is from the Neapolitan series. In the foreground on the left there is a young man, a cheese seller, with weight-scales lifted up, on which he puts a cut piece of cheese. To his right, there is a young woman with a basket in her left hand; with her right she touches the weight-scales. Between these two characters, there is a figure of a boy sitting on his knees, with a large piece of cheese on a wide wicker tray. The characters are dressed in typical Neapolitan clothing, with the hats protecting them from the sun. The woman resembles a classical antiquity figure; the artist repeatedly drew on classical forms in his early creative work. The action takes place on the coast of the Bay of Naples with sailboats in the sea and hills in the distance. The characters are painted with bright watercolor paints, with prevailing red, blue, and yellow ocher colors.
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 Venditore di Cacio per la Citta di Napoli. In the upper right corner there is a number "11".