Beautiful set of four antique, water-colored engravings depicting traditional Italian customs and costumes. They are signed and dated on the plate: "Pinelli Fece 1815 Roma". Bartolomeo Pinelli (November 20, 1781 – April 1, 1835) was a Roman painter, engraver and potter from the Roman neighborhood known as the Trastevere. His subject matter focused on Rome, its inhabitants and monuments. In addition to their exceptional artistic merit, these engravings are of considerable ethnographic value since they document faithfully the people, culture, and customs of earlier times. Based on their 1815 date, these images come from Pinelli's "Nuova Raccolta di Cinquanta Costumi Pittoreschi incisi all' acquaforte da Bartolomeo Pinelli Romano" (New Collection of Fifty Colorful Costumes engraved by Bartolomeo Pinelli Romano). They are numbered and entitled as follows:
1 - Saltarello Romano
6 - La Serenata - Costumi di Roma
11 - La Canofiena in Roma
47 - Marinari sul moo di Napoli ascoltando l'Istoria di Rinaldo
N°1, Saltarello is an Italian folk dance that originated in medieval times in the Court of Naples; N°6, La Serenata refers to a serenade or evening song of courtship, played outdoors, typically outside the courted woman's window; N°11, Canofiena is the word for an early Italian swing; N°47, the Rinaldo were Naples street poets. The rhythm of their songs could be very fast or slow, depending on the group's improvisational speed and skill. All four engravings come nicely matted and framed, ready to display. In good used condition mounted on board with toning, spotting, small paper tears close to the margins and minor imperfections as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 20 1/2" by 17" by 1 1/8" approximately; Mat Opening: 11 1/2 by 8 1/4" approximately.
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