Couple in Love in Daylight. Tivoli Costumes

Bartolomeo Pinelli

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Basic information
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Couple in Love in Daylight. Tivoli Costumes
Date of creation
etching watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
10 x 16
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 work is from the Roman series. The first version of the composition is known from the album Costumi di Tivoli published in 1815 and reissued in 1816 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, Roma 1816. A version similar to the "Lviv" one was released in the album Nuova Raccolta di Cinquanta costumi pittoreschi... (Collection of fifty picturesque costumes) published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. The second version was almost no different from the first one. In the centre of the foreground, one can see a young man and a girl who met near the house’s entrance. He is behaving like a sophisticated gentleman; the man is wearing a tilted hat and a jacket put over his shoulder. He is standing with one foot placed on the stair. The young beauty is looking at him, standing at the entrance and raising up her finger. She might be warning him or arranging something with him. She is dressed in a white shirt with a blue apron and a long pink skirt. An old blind woman is depicted in the doorway to the left of the girl. She is shown sitting on a wooden chair and spinning something on a spindle. In the background on the right there is another old house with an arched doorway, above which one can see a mountain top. The clothes of the characters are painted with bright watercolors, namely red, blue, yellow, and pink tones. The architecture is depicted in blurred gray and blue, ocher, and pink colors. Tivoli is a city in the Lazio region northwest of Rome. During the Renaissance period the city was built up thanks to popes and cardinals.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli f [fecit], date – 1816, and the place of performance – Roma. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title L´Innamorati, di giorno, Costumi di Tivoli. There is a number "35" in the upper right corner above the plate.