Man and Woman from the City of Chieti, Abruzzo Citra
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This work is from the Neapolitan series. 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 not painted with such saturated and bright colors as in the so-called Lviv version. In the foreground, one can see a man and a woman dressed in traditional festive clothing. They met on the road and the woman was touching his hand gently. She is dressed in a blue and yellow dress with a white apron with floral motifs and a long pink skirt. On her head there is a scarf with openwork edgings, on her neck there is a necklace, and on her feet there are bright blue shoes with yellow overlays. The young man is a little hunched, so he is leaning his hands on the stick. He is wearing a purple camisole over a yellow vest, red knee-length pants, white stockings, and black boots; on his head there is a wide-brimmed hat. The scene of the meeting is taking place on a mountain hill, against the background of slopes with low trees, where in the background one can see the top of the mountain range. Chieti is one of the oldest cities in Italy (according to the legend it was founded by the hero Achilles in the 12th century BC). It is the capital of the province of the same name in the region of Abruzzo. It is located on a hill above the Adriatic coast.
In the lower left 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 Uomo, e Donna della Città di Chieti, Abruzzo Citra. There is a number "30" in the upper right corner above the plate.