Woman from Ciociaria and Shepherd
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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.