Man and Woman from Castelpitzuto, Contado de Molise
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The first version of this 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 Lviv composition of 1816 is horizontal in contrast to the above-mentioned engraving in a square frame. In the foreground a young woman and a young man are talking. The woman is dressed in bright national clothing with a blue apron embroidered with gilded patterns, a blue waistcoat with cuffs trimmed with yellow ribbons, a headscarf on her head, and with solid dark shoes on her feet. She outstretched her hand to the young man, who was leaning on a long stick. The man is dressed in a long blue, red-rimmed camisole, put over a light vest, yellow underpants and white knee socks; on his head there is a wide-brimmed hat. The characters are painted with bright watercolor paints, with prevailing yellow, blue, red, and burgundy colors. In the background there is a mountain peak and a fragment of an urban development with a high tower on the right. It is apparently Castelpizzuto in a mountain valley in the heart of the Apennines between the modern provinces of Campania, Molise, and Lazio.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature – Pinelli, date – 1816, and the place of performance – Roma. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Uomo, e Donna di Castelpizuto, Provincia Contado de Molise. There is a number "18" in the upper right corner above the plate.