Man and Woman from the Village of Сhieuti Albanesi in the Province of Lucera di Puglia (Apulia)
- Bartolomeo Pinelli
- Man and Woman from the Village of Сhieuti Albanesi in the Province of Lucera di Puglia (Apulia)
- Date of creation
- etching watercolor
- Dimensions (height x width, cm)
- 10 x 16
- graphic art
- genre art
- Collection of Faina Tarashchanska (Lviv), 1966
Information about author
The work is from the Neapolitan series. A similar composition in a square frame has been known since 1816. It is nearly the only Pinelli’s composition associated with the Apulia region. In the foreground, a seller of spoons and other household items is depicted; he is walking along the coast with his modest goods. A young woman in traditional Neapolitan clothing (a blue and yellow dress with bows on the shoulders, long skirt, and an apron with ornaments) is approaching him. Her head is completely covered with a wide headscarf. It is likely that the sea depicted in the background is very windy. The young salesman also covered his shoulder with a blue cloak put over a red jacket. He is wearing knee-length trousers; there are dark bast shoes on puttees (legwraps) that resemble ciocie; on his head there is a wide-brimmed black hat. The woman has already chosen a purchase – small tongs that she is holding in her hand. The action is taking place on a hill above the Adriatic Sea coast. A sailboat is outlined by a few strokes in the distance on the left. In the background, the green crowns of coastal trees are seen between the strip of blue sea and the hill. Сhieuti Albanesi is one of two villages on the Apennine Peninsula; it was founded by Albanians, who escaped Turkish persecution in the 15th century. It is located on the border of two regions Apulia and Molise.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli f written in italics, date – 1816, and some illegible inscriptions. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Uomo, e Donna del Paese di Сhieuti Albanesi, Provincia Lucera di Puglia. There is a number "50" in the upper right corner above the plate.