Washerwomen from Tivoli
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This work is from the Roman series. The first watercolor engraving with the same name but completely different in composition was issued in the album Costume popolare tratto dalla "Nuova Raccolta di cinquanta motivi pittoreschi e costumi di Roma" published in Rome in 1810. A composition similar to the so-called Lviv one was performed by Pinelli in 1815. It was published in the album Nuova Raccolta di cinquanta Costumi Pittoreschi incisi all 'acquaforte da Bartolomeo Pinelli Romano, Nicola de Antoni impresse, Ignazio Pavon Offre e Dedica, Roma 1816. In that composition, the scene was taking place against the background of fragments of ancient architecture. A similar image to the "Lviv'' version but not painted with watercolors was first issued in the album Nuova Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interessanti delle città, terre e paesi in provincie diverse del Regno di Napoli published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. The engraving Lavatrici di Tivoli was completely different from the "Lviv'' version and was published in the Pittoreskes Italien album of Karl Ludwig Frommel in Leipzig in 1840; it included 103 engravings. In the foreground, one can see three young women engaged in washing clothes in a stone reservoir placed under the trunk of a mighty tree on a hill. A well-dressed young man in a wide-brimmed black hat with a blue cloak slung over his shoulder approached the washerwomen. Two laundrywomen made eye contact with him, and the third one continued doing her job. The rich and bright range of colors of the women’s clothing, namely red, blue and yellow tones, highlight the female images. The background with a forest on a mountain slope is depicted in a dimmed blue and green range. Tivoli, an ancient Tibur, was conquered by the Romans in the 4th century BC. It is located northwest of Rome. In the Renaissance period, the city was built up due to the efforts of the popes. The old buildings were damaged during the Allies bombing in 1944.
Below in the centre there is the author’s signature Pinelli written in italics, and the date 1816. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Lavatrici di Tivoli. There is a number "32" in the upper right corner above the plate.