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) 2
  • Man and Woman from the Village of Сhieuti Albanesi in the Province of Lucera di Puglia (Apulia) 3
Basic information
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
Information about author
Bartolomeo Pinelli
Artist's lifetime
Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781, Rome – 1835, ibid.) was an Italian painter, engraver, and sculptor. He was the son of the ceramist G. B. Pinelli. Bartolomeo Pinelli was born in ​​the Trastevere district (over the River Tiber). Street sketches of that western suburb of Rome repeatedly appeared in his graphic works later. He studied in Bologna, later on – at Accademia di San Luca (Academy of Saint Luke) in Rome. He attended the Academy of Felice Giani, an Italian painter of the Neoclassic style, from whom he inherited the drawing style. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Bartolomeo Pinelli took an interest in the engravings of the Renaissance, namely in the works by Marcantonio Raimondi, and started making etchings and lithographs out of his drawings. In 1809, Pinelli created his first series of watercolor etchings – Collection of 50 picturesque costumes (Raccola di cinquanta costumi pittoreschi). The album was reissued in 1814 and 1815. In 1816, a new version of the album under the title Nuova Raccolta di Cinquanta costumi pittoreschi incisi di acqua forte was released. Most of the Lviv engravings are from this series. The central theme of the artist's creative work is genre scenes (Costumi), which he saw in Rome, Naples, as well as the provinces of Abruzzo and Molise. Pinelli's engravings have not only artistic value but also carry important ethnographic information. In the 1820s and 1830s, the artist created drawings and engravings for poems by Torquato Tasso (1827–1829) and the novel “Don Quixote” (1834) by Miguel de Cervantes. One of Pinelli's famous series of drawings is Seven Hills of Rome (Sette colli di Roma) (1827–1830). The artist's works are housed in many Italian museums as well as in collections of other countries.
Object description
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.