Man and Woman from the Village of Carovilli in the Province of 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 composition of 1816 is horizontal in contrast to the above-mentioned vertical engraving (19.5 x 16.5 cm). In the foreground a young woman is approaching a young man who is sitting on a large boulder, leaning on a stick. A dog is lying at his feet. The woman is dressed in bright national clothing with an apron embroidered with gilded patterns on top of a pink waistcoat decorated with yellow ribbons and cuffs, and a blue skirt; she has a headscarf on her head, and solid red shoes on her feet. The young man is dressed in a blue camisole put over a yellow vest, with a scarf tied around his neck, red pants 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 pink colors. The action is taking place on a hill, with the crowns of low trees depicted in the background.
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 del Paese di Carovilli, Provincia Contado de Molise. There is a number "19" in the upper right corner above the plate.