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