Man and Women from the Village of Pietracamela in the Province of Teramo in Upper Abruzzo

Bartolomeo Pinelli

  • Man and Women from the Village of Pietracamela in the Province of Teramo in Upper Abruzzo 2
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Basic information
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Man and Women from the Village of Pietracamela in the Province of Teramo 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 a son of the ceramist J. B. Pinelli. Bartolomeo Pinelli was born in ​​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 studio of Felice Giani, an Italian painter of the Neoclassic style, from whom he inherited the style of drawing. 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 Lviv's engravings are from this series. The main 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 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 provincia 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 1816. In the album, it was painted in other tones, not as intense and bright as in the so-called Lviv version. In the foreground, one can see two figures, namely a young man sitting on a rock with a dog lying next to him, and a young girl in traditional festive clothing carrying a basket with an Easter cake to the church. As she is passing the young man, he as well as his dog are looking at her with admiration. The girl is dressed in a yellow and red dress with peculiar cuffs, a long burgundy skirt with an apron with geometric patterns put over it. On her head there is a headscarf; on her feet there are light ciocia shoes. The necklace made of red coral resembles elements of the Ukrainian national dress. The young man is also dressed festively, in particular he is wearing a blue camisole, red jacket, narrow trousers and knee socks; black shoes are on his feet; on his head there is a pink Neapolitan houve and a black hat. The action is taking place on top of a mountain pass, so the background of the composition is only a cloudless sky. In 1830, the figure of a woman from Pietracamela by B. Pinelli was replicated in lithography by the Neapolitan artist Gaetano Dura (1805–1878).
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli written in italics, the date 1816 followed by an illegible inscription of the place of performance Roma. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Uomo, e Donna del Paese di Pietra Camela, Provincia di Teramo, Abruzzo Ultra. There is a number "29" in the upper right corner above the plate.