Woman from the Village of Pettorano and Fisherman near the Fucine Lake in the Province of l’Aquila in Upper Abruzzo
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The composition is known only in one version from the album Nuova Raccolta di Cinquanta costumi pittoreschi incisi di acqua forte published in Rome in 1816 and replicated in 1817. In the foreground, there is a girl depicted in a festive national dress typical of the province of Abruzzo, and a young fisherman with a fishnet in clumsy clothes. The man is wearing a black hat on his head and the same black boots tied like ciocia. The young man backed off from the beautiful girl dressed in an elegant and embroidered with patterns dress with a light green apron, and a long blue skirt. On the girl’s head there is an original Neapolitan poke bonnet; on her feet there are golden shoes. The girl is easy and confident in her manner; she is pointing at something, drawing the fisherman’s attention. The scene is taking place in the background of the non-existing Fucine Lake with a fishing boat on the lake’s surface and a mountain range in sight. The Fucine lake (Italian: Lago Fucino) is a lake in the Apennines that overflowed from time to time and flooded the surrounding fields. Julius Caesar planned to drain it. But it was accomplished only in 1875.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature in italics – Pinelli, date – 1816, and the place of performance – Roma (illegibly). In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Donna del Paese di Pettorano, Pescatore del Lago Fucino Provincia dell’Aquila Abruzzo Ultra. There is a number "24" in the upper right corner above the plate.