Man and Woman from the Village of Gioja in the Province of Aquilla in Upper Abruzzo

Bartolomeo Pinelli

  • Man and Woman from the Village of Gioja in the Province of Aquilla in Upper Abruzzo 2
  • Man and Woman from the Village of Gioja in the Province of Aquilla in Upper Abruzzo 3
Basic information
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Man and Woman from the Village of Gioja in the Province of Aquilla in Upper Abruzzo
Date of creation
etching watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
10.1 x 16.1
Information about author
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Artist's lifetime
Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781, Rome – 1835, ibid.) was an Italian painter, engraver, and sculptor. He was a son of the ceramist J. B. Pinelli. Bartolomeo Pinelli was born in ​​Trastevere district (over the River Tiber). Street sketches of that western suburb of Rome repeatedly appeared in his graphic works later. He studied in Bologna, later on – at Accademia di San Luca (Academy of Saint Luke) in Rome. He attended the studio of Felice Giani, an Italian painter of the Neoclassic style, from whom he inherited the style of drawing. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Bartolomeo Pinelli took an interest in the engravings of the Renaissance, namely in the works by Marcantonio Raimondi, and started making etchings and lithographs out of his drawings. In 1809, Pinelli created his first series of watercolor etchings – Collection of 50 picturesque costumes (Raccola di cinquanta costumi pittoreschi). The album was reissued in 1814 and 1815. In 1816, a new version of the album under the title Nuova Raccolta di Cinquanta costumi pittoreschi incisi di acqua forte was released. Most of Lviv's engravings are from this series. The main theme of the artist's creative work is genre scenes (Costumi), which he saw in Rome, Naples, as well as the provinces of Abruzzo and Molise. Pinelli's engravings have not only artistic value but also important ethnographic information. In the 1820s and 1830s, the artist created drawings and engravings for poems by Torquato Tasso (1827–1829) and the novel “Don Quixote” (1834) by Miguel de Cervantes. One of Pinelli's famous series of drawings is Seven Hills of Rome (Sette colli di Roma) (1827–1830). The artist's works are housed in many Italian museums as well as in collections of other countries.
Object description
This composition was inspired by the engraving by Alessandro d'Anna, a Neapolitan artist who sketched characters in traditional folk costumes from the mountain hinterland of central Italy in the 1790s. The first version of this composition by Bartolomeo Pinelli 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 in Rome in 1814. The album was republished later in 1817. The Lviv composition is horizontal in contrast to the above-mentioned etching in a square frame. In the foreground there is a young woman with a basket. She is clothed in a national dress of a noblewoman of southern Italy, namely in a luxurious apron embroidered in gold and put on a blue and yellow dress with cuffs; she has a double headscarf on her head, an openwork collar of a blouse, and elegant shoes. The boy, whom the woman met on the road, is dressed in simple but solid clothes; in his hand, he holds a basket with a wind instrument; there is a bag on his shoulder (perhaps, he is a birdcatcher, who attracts the birds with the sounds of a reed pipe). The action takes place against the backdrop of the hills, where the fortress tower can be seen through the green trees. The characters are painted with bright watercolor paints, with prevailing yellow, blue, and red colors.
In the upper left corner there is the author's signature Pinelli, and a date 1816. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the title of the work Uomo, e Donna del Paese di Gioja, provicia Aquilla, Abruzzo Ultra. In the upper right corner of the engraving above the plate, there is a number "12".