Man and Woman from the Village of Villalago, L'Aquila Province, in Upper Abruzzo
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The work is from the Neapolitan series. The analogues of this work have not been found. The engraving in a black and white version was probably issued in Pinelli's albums dated 1816 and 1817. In the foreground, one can see two figures, namely a young shepherd who is sitting in profile under a tree and leaning on a stick, and a young girl in traditional festive clothing, who approached the boy and is talking to him, pointing at something with her left hand. The girl is wearing a dress with long sleeves and bows on the shoulders, a yellow skirt with ornamental ribbons at the bottom, and an apron with zoomorphic and floral motifs tied over it. On her head there is a headscarf with a long end thrown over the arm; there are blue shoes on her legs. The curly-haired young man is wearing a yellow jacket, narrow blue knee-length pants; there are ciocie over the white stockings on his legs; there is a wide black hat on his head. He is sitting on a stone covered with a red cloth, which highlights the composition. The action is taking place in the background of a valley with trees, where one can see the outlines of a high mountain range in the distance, under which the buildings of the mountain settlement can be seen.
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 Villalago, Provincia dell’Aquila, Abruzzo Ultra. There is a number "46" in the upper right corner above the plate.