Family of Ciociari on a Horse
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The work is from the Roman series. The first coloured version of the engraving was performed in 1815; later in 1816, its black and white version was issued 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 1816. The next version (almost unchanged and similar to the "Lviv" engraving) was issued in the album Nuova Raccolta di cinquanta costumi pittoreschi... (Collection of fifty picturesque costumes) published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. A pencil drawing painted with watercolors was performed by Pinelli in 1815 under the title Famiglia di ciociari in viaggio (Family of Ciociari on a Journey). Another slightly modified version depicts not only three riders but a dog at the horse's feet, and the ride itself is taking place in the forest (the date is unknown; it may be an early version of 1809). The "Lviv" engraving belongs to a simpler version of the composition dated 1815. In the center of the work, one can see three persons sitting on a light gray horse covered with a blue blanket, namely a young man holding a horse by the bridle, a boy depicted in front of the man and waving a tree branch, and a young woman from Ciociaria dressed in a bright national dress and leaning against her husband's back. The blue, yellow, and crimson colors of the characters' clothing highlight their figures. The action is taking place on a hill. In the foreground on the left, one can see a strong black tree on the hill. Right below, one can see a wide valley with trees and fragments of buildings depicted in blurred blue tones. Ciociari are citizens 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 Alberto Moravia and the film of the same name by Vittorio De Sica.
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 Famiglia Ciociara a Cavallo. There is a number "38" in the upper right corner above the plate.