Man and Women from the Village of Civitavecchia in the Province of Contrado di Molise
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The work is from the Neapolitan series. The composition is known from the album Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interesanti delle città, terre e paesi in provincie diverse del Regno di Napoli disegnati ed incisi all'acquaforte da Bartolomeo Pinelli Romano (Collection of 50 most interesting picturesque costumes from cities, towns and villages of different provinces of the Kingdom of Naples) published in Rome in 1816. Previously in 1814, the engraving was issued in the album of the same name, but it was in a square frame. A young woman is depicted in festive clothing; she is carrying an Easter basket in her hands. She met a playing guitarist who was sitting on a huge boulder on the church road; his dog was depicted standing nearby. The girl is wearing a yellow and pink dress, a light ornamented apron; her head is covered with a headscarf; on her feet there are red shoes. A man is dressed in blue clothing, there is a black hat on his head, on his feet there are black shoes with blue tops similar to jackboots. On the stone next to him there is a stick and a bright red drapery that covers some objects, attracting the viewer's attention. The action is taking place on one of the hills. Low trees, a mountain range and clouds in the sky serve as the background of the composition. Civitavecchia is a mountain village in the province of Molise (it must not be confused with the Roman port of the same name).
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli written in italics, date – 1816, and the place of performance – Roma (illegibly). In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Uomo, e Donna del’ Paese di Civitavecchia, Provincia Contrado di Molise. There is a number "36" in the upper right corner above the plate.