Tivoli Costumes (Mother with a Baby on a Donkey and Shepherd Traveler)
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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. In 1818, Pinelli replicated this version in watercolor. A version similar to the "Lviv" one was released in black and white 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 of the composition was no different from the first one, except for a donkey depicted instead of a horse. Besides, the image itself was not as skillfully painted as in the first version. In the foreground, one can see a young woman with a baby pressed to her chest; they are moving on a donkey along a mountain path. She met a young shepherd, who is starting a conversation, but the woman is looking indifferently right through the traveler. She is dressed in clothes typical for southern Italy, particularly in a blue jacket with epaulettes, a long pink skirt, with a white headscarf on her head. A young man is wearing a blue jacket dressed over a red vest, with a sleeveless coat thrown on top of it, yellow trousers, white stockings, and black shoes. On the shepherd's head there is a black hat; on his shoulder, he is holding a long trumpet, an analogue of the Hutsul trembita. To the left of the characters there is a hill; to the right of them there is a fragment of a tree, behind which in the background one can see a blue valley where the city is located (a fragment of one of the buildings is visible). The clothes of the characters are painted with bright watercolors, namely red, blue, yellow, and pink tones. The background is depicted in green, ocher, and blue colors.
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 Costume di Tivoli (on other engravings – Costumi). There is a number "36" in the upper right corner above the plate.