Family from Ciociaria Leaving Their Village

Bartolomeo Pinelli

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Basic information
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Family from Ciociaria Leaving Their Village
Date of creation
1816 (?)
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 the son of the ceramist G. B. Pinelli. Bartolomeo Pinelli was born in ​​the 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 Academy of Felice Giani, an Italian painter of the Neoclassic style, from whom he inherited the drawing style. 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 the Lviv engravings are from this series. The central 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 carry 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 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. The "Lviv'' engraving belongs to a simpler version of the composition dated 1815. In the foreground on the left, one can see a family of young peasants with two children. They are walking along the mountain path with their few possessions, leaving their native village. All characters are dressed in traditional clothes. A man is wearing a black hat, red vest, blue knee-length trousers, and white stockings; on his shoulder, he is holding a stick with a cloth thrown over it. The woman is wearing a traditional flattop headscarf, a vest with an apron, and a crimson skirt. On her head there is a wicker basket-cradle with a child sleeping in it; she is holding the cradle with her hand. To the left of the couple, their eldest daughter is walking with some things tied into a knot on her head. All travelers are wearing ciocie, traditional Ciociaria shoes. The action is taking place on a hill. In the foreground on the left, there is a huge black tree. On the right there is a boulder through which a young tree is growing. In the distance, one can see a forested mountain top; it is depicted in blurred blue tones. Ciociaria is the area in the Lazio region southeast of Rome, which does not have clear boundaries. The name is ethnographic, it is derived from ciocia shoes typical of that area. At present, Ciociaria is most commonly identified as the province of Frosinone.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli f.[fecit]. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Famiglia di Ciociari partendo dal loro Paese. There is a number "42" in the upper right corner above the plate.