Seller of Antrite Nuts in Naples

Bartolomeo Pinelli

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Basic information
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Seller of Antrite Nuts in Naples
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 Neapolitan series. The first known version of the engraving was dated 1814. The composition that is similar to "Lviv" one but presented in a square frame is known from the album Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interresanti delle città, terre e paesi in provinci diverse del Regno di Napoli (Collection of 50 most interesting picturesque costumes from cities, towns and villages of different provinces of the Kingdom of Naples) published in Rome in 1814 (engravings were reissued in rectangular frames in the Roman editions of the album in 1816 and 1817). In the foreground in the center, one can see a salesman, a long-haired young man; with a wide knife, he is cutting for the girl a branch from a bunch of nuts hanging from a twig on a high stick. The young man is wearing an orange jacket, yellow knee-length trousers, and white stockings; there are black shoes with overlays on his feet; there is a black hat on his head and a purse on his belt. Right next to him, one can see a girl with her hand extended to the nuts; she is dressed in a Neapolitan yellow and blue vest and crimson skirt; there are sandals on her feet. On the left, there is a young man, the girl’s companion, who is sitting barefoot on the ground and watching what is going on. He is wearing a red vest over a white shirt and short blue trousers. In the background on the left, there is a basilica-type temple with a dome and a tower behind a row of trees with spreading crowns. There is the blue peak of Vesuvius in the distance. The young man might be selling hazelnuts, which have been cultivated in Campania since Roman times but became widely spread only during the reign of the Bourbons in the 18th-19th centuries.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli fe [fecit] written in italics, and date – 1816. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Venditore di Nocchie, dette Antrite, in Napoli. There is a number "40" in the upper right corner above the plate.