Man and Woman from the Village of Lecce in the Province of L'Aquila in Upper Abruzzo
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The work is from the Neapolitan series. A similar composition in a square frame is known from the album Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interressanti delle città, terre e paesi in provincia 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. A similar engraving to the "Lviv'' one but in a black-and-white version might have been issued in the albums dated 1816 and 1817. It is a foreground composition with a neutral background. Two figures are depicted in the center. One of them is a young shepherd who stopped by two of his sheep, a ram and a sheep. The ram is tickling the sheep’s hair. A young girl in traditional festive clothes, who approached the man, is pointing at the animals with her hand. The girl is dressed in a bright red and yellow dress with long sleeves and bows on the shoulders, and a blue skirt with an apron with zoomorphic and floral motifs tied over it (raspberry horses, double-headed eagles, and flowers). On her head there is a traditional flattop headscarf; on her feet there are blue boots. The curly young man is dressed in a purple jacket and narrow yellow pants; there is a black hat on the back of his head. He put a long stick on his shoulder, looking closely at the girl. To the left and right of the figures are green plantings on hills; they are performed with blurred watercolors.
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 "49" in the upper right corner above the plate.