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