Sailors on the Pier of the Port of Naples Listening to "The Story of Rinaldo"
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The work is from the Neapolitan series. The multi-figure composition entitled Marinari sul Molo di Napoli is known from Pinelli's engravings dated 1809 and 1815. But in both previous versions, the musician was a citizen of Naples, singing and playing the lute for sailors. In the "Lviv" version one of the sailors is depicted in the image of a singer and musician. It is a foreground composition, which shows four Neapolitan sailors. One of them, depicted on the left, is sitting on the podium and plucking the lute strings; he is singing a long cantastoria about the knight Rinaldo. An experienced sailor with a pipe is sitting to the right; he is listening carefully to the song story. Between them two young sailors are standing embracing; they are perceiving with their souls the words of the romance, which was popular in Naples at that time. All the characters are dressed as Parisian sans-culottes, in particular they wear long baggy pants, white shirts, and light vests; there are Phrygian caps on their heads; they are barefoot. The sailors' clothes are bright, with dominant blue, red, and yellow colores. The action is taking place in the background of Vesuvius depicted in blurred light blue tones. Rinaldo is the most popular Italian character from the ballad "Orlando in Love" (Orlando Innamorato). It was written by the Renaissance author M. M. Boiardo.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli written in italics. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Marinari sul Molo di Napoli, ascoltando l’Istoria di Rinaldo. There is a number "47" in the upper right corner above the plate.