Woman of Frascati and a Hermit
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The composition is known in three variants. The first one was performed 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 Rome. The next version similar to the the so-called Lviv one was posted in the album Nuova Raccolta di cinquanta costumi pittoreschi (Collection of fifty picturesque costumes) published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. One more version of this composition is known since 1815, in which a boy was depicted instead of a girl. All known versions differ from the "Lviv" one because they are not painted with watercolors. In the foreground in the center, one can see three figures, namely a woman in typical festive clothing of southern Italy with her daughter who are carrying the Easter cakes in their baskets to the church. They stopped at a hermit sitting near the monastery gate, and the woman gave him alms. The gray-bearded Capuchin hermit and the woman are looking warmly into each other's eyes, though the girl is a little excited, looking closely at the hermit and holding her mother's skirt. The action is taking place in a winding street in the suburbs of Rome, in the town of Frascati, where the media areas are surrounded by high stone walls, behind which one can see the greenery of trees and grapes. The artist used the deep blue color depicting a woman's festive waistcoat, a girl's skirt, as well as a cross over a bowl for washing hands in front of the gate doorway, and a niche in an aedicule over another gate in the background on the left. The artist highlighted the figure of the Capuchin brother in a rich brown color. The hermit is the main character of the work. In contrast to the first version of 1809, where the hermit is depicted as a young man, in this work Pinelli created a psychological image of an older and wise man.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli written in italics, the date – 1816, and the place of performance – Roma. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Donna di Frascati, ed un Eremita. There is a number "29" in the upper right corner above the plate.