Pilgrim Allowing to Kiss a Relic
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This is a work from the Charity of Capuchin Monks series. The first version of the work titled Eremita che fa bagiare una Reliquia was performed by Pinelli in 1809 for the album Raccolta di Cinquanta costumi pittoreschi incisi di acqua forte (Collection of fifty picturesque costumes engraved in strong water) published in 1809. In the engraving from the Lviv collection, there is no urban landscape in the background. However, the characters are performed more confidently. The author emphasizes the strict profile of the monk, the trust of the children and their mothers, and, at the same time, he places emphasis upon the skepticism of the boy with a basket on the left. Behind the monk on the podium, there is a cross with instruments of Christ's sufferings. The primary focus is riveted on a girl kissing the imagе, which is given to her by the monk. The simple and fast drawing is painted with contrasting watercolors; the artist actively used brown and light gray paints in the center of the work; the clothing of the figures to the right and left of the monk is painted in bright colors. Capuchin Monks or The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (Ordo Fratrum Minorum Capucinorum) is a Catholic order that separated from the Franciscans in the 16th century. The Capuchins were characterized by charity and asceticism. Their clothing consisted of a brown soutane with a hood sewn to it, a rope with a knot on the belt (a symbol of the inviolability of vows), and sandals worn on their bare feet.
In the lower left corner there is the authors's signature Pinelli f. [fecit]. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the title of the work Eremita che fa bagiare una Reliquia. In the upper right corner of the engraving above the plate there is a number "21".