Woman from Ciociaria and Shepherd

Bartolomeo Pinelli

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Basic information
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Woman from Ciociaria and Shepherd
Date of creation
etching watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
10.3 x 16.3
Information about author
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Artist's lifetime
Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781, Rome – 1835, ibid.) was an Italian painter, engraver, and sculptor. He was the son of the ceramist G. B. Pinelli. Bartolomeo Pinelli was born in ​​the 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 Academy of Felice Giani, an Italian painter of the Neoclassic style, from whom he inherited the drawing style. 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 the Lviv engravings are from this series. The central 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 carry 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 work is from the Roman series. The composition is known from the album Nuova Raccolta di cinquanta costumi pittoreschi… (Collection of fifty picturesque costumes) published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. The next version of the engraving with a similar name but with a different composition was issued in 1820. The "Lviv" engraving belongs to the first version. A young woman is sitting on a stone and breastfeeding a baby. A shepherd consumed by his thoughts is standing next to her and leaning on a stick. He is wearing a black hat, a gray jacket over a red vest, yellow trousers, white stockings, and black shoes. The woman is dressed in a white shirt, a blue vest and a long pink skirt; there is a wide headscarf on her head; there are chiocia shoes on her feet. She is holding the baby on her knees and looking calmly at the shepherd. The action is taking place on one of the hills. The trees, a citadel on a hill, a mountain top, and a cloudless sky serve as the background of the composition. To the right of the shepherd, there is a rock cliff. This is one of the few works of the "Lviv" series that was performed in 1817. Woman from Ciociaria is a citizen of the region of Ciociaria situated south of Rome. The region became widely known in the middle of the 20th century due to the novel "La Ciociara"/"Two women" by A. Moravia and the film of the same name by V. de Sica.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature in italics: Pinelli, date – 1817, and the place of performance – Roma (illegibly). In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Ciociara ed un Pastore. There is a number "33" in the upper right corner above the plate.