Man and Women from the Village of Masciuni in the Province of L'Aquila in Upper Abruzzo

Bartolomeo Pinelli

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Basic information
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Man and Women from the Village of Masciuni in the Province of L'Aquila in Upper Abruzzo
Date of creation
etching watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
10 x 16.2
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 composition is known from the album Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interesanti 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 1817. In the album, it was presented as an etching that was not painted with watercolors. In its color version, the engraving was known from the album published in 1816. The Lviv version differs from it by brighter colors. In the foreground, one can see two figures, namely a young man depicted in profile who is sitting near a stone and playing a piffero, and a young girl dressed in traditional festive clothing, who approached the man, being fascinated by music. Her hand is touching a branch of a young tree with small red fruits. The girl is wearing a yellow and blue dress with peculiar cuffs and epaulettes, a long skirt of the same colors with an apron with floral motifs put on over it. On her head there is a headscarf; on her feet there are red lace-up shoes. The young man is wearing a blue camisole and a red jacket, narrow trousers and knee socks; black shoes are on his feet; on his head there is a wide-brimmed hat. The action is taking place in the background of a valley with trees where the outlines of a high mountain range are seen in the distance. Piffero is a wind instrument, a kind of pipe or surma-horn, an analogue of the Ukrainian shawm. It is called pipita in the southern regions of Italy.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli written in italics, and the date 1816 followed by an illegible inscription. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Uomo, e Donna del Paese di Masciuni, Provincia dell’Aquila, Abruzzo Ultra. There is a number "27" in the upper right corner above the plate.