Musicians-Carciofolari in Rome
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The work is from the Roman series. The watercolor engraving that was replicated in the Lviv version was created by the artist in 1816. The composition in its black and white variant is presented in the album Nuova Raccolta di Cinquanta costumi pittoreschi incisi di acqua forte (Collection of fifty picturesque costumes) published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. In the foreground, one can see a quartet of musicians, namely two harpists, one cellist and a boy with a triangle (musical instrument). They are dressed in bright clothes; there are black hats with high tops on their heads. They are walking along the plain, against the background of a mountain above an ancient aqueduct on the left and a forested hill on the right. Carciofolari are musicians from Abruzzo. They were mostly a trio of two harpists and a violinist (either a violist or a cellist) who was holding the fingerboard of his instrument down. Their name comes from the word "carciofolà", which means artichoke. The verses of many Neapolitan lyrical songs ended with this word. Carciofolari were an integral part of Roman folklife.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli written in italics, the place of performance – Roma (illegibly), and date – 1817. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Li Carciofolari in Roma. There is a number "45" in the upper right corner above the plate.