Man and Woman from the Village of Collelungo in the Province of L’Aquila in Upper Abruzzo

Bartolomeo Pinelli

  • Man and Woman from the Village of Collelungo in the Province of L’Aquila in Upper Abruzzo 2
  • Man and Woman from the Village of Collelungo in the Province of L’Aquila in Upper Abruzzo 3
Basic information
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Man and Woman from the Village of Collelungo in the Province of L’Aquila in Upper Abruzzo
Date of creation
etching watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
10.3 x 16.3
Information about author
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Artist's lifetime
Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781, Rome – 1835, ibid.) was an Italian painter, engraver, and sculptor. He was the son of the ceramist G. B. Pinelli. Bartolomeo Pinelli was born in ​​the 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 Academy of Felice Giani, an Italian painter of the Neoclassic style, from whom he inherited the drawing style. 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 the Lviv engravings are from this series. The central 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 carry 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
The first version of the composition by B. 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 reissued later in 1817. The Lviv composition is horizontal in contrast to the above-mentioned engraving in a square frame. In the foreground a young woman with a basket is depicted standing with her back to the viewer, talking to a goatherd who is sitting on a stone near an old tree. A hornless goat is lying next to him. The woman is dressed in bright national clothing, depicted in sophisticated colors; a dress and skirt are embroidered with gold threads; she has a traditional Neapolitan headscarf on her head. A goatherd is dressed in bright clothes with a wide hat on his head. Both the girl and the boy are wearing ciocie, that is, light boots. The characters are painted with bright watercolor paints, with prevailing yellow, blue, and red colors. In the background, on a steep slope above the lake, there is a fragment of a building (it may be the town of Mascioni on the mountain lake Lago di Campotosto, the only large body of water in the province of L’Aquila). Ciocia (Italian: ciocio, Neapolitan: la chiòchiera) is a traditional wicker footwear of the mountain people of central and southern Italy (Abruzzo, Marche, Basilicata, Terra di Lavoro, Molise and others), which partly resembles Ukrainian bast shoes (lychaky).
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature – Pinelli f. [fecit], date – 1816. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Uomo, e Donna del Paese di Collelungo, provicia Aquilla, Abruzzo Ultra. There is a number "15" in the upper right corner above the image.