[ITALY - 19th century]
Four Italian Watercolours Depicting Figures in Local Dress
circa 1800. Depicting couples from various regions with accoutrements, as named in each lower margin, unsigned. Image size: (10 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches). Sheet size: (13 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches) The group consists: 1. Di Pesco Costanza Contado di Molise 2. Paese di Sessano Provincia Contado di Molise 3. Massagronica Provincia si Chiete Abruzzo Citra 4. Passe di Monte Aldiero Provincia d'Aquila.
This group of watercolours showcases couples from various mountainous villages in the Abruzzo and Molise regions of Italy. Dressed in traditional garb, each couple's attire highlights the distinct differences in the dress across this region to the east of Rome, as well and the delicately ornate clothing of the time complete with bright colours, intricate patterns, and fascinating accessories. Each couple is beautifully captured in gauche, executed with delicate brushwork and vivid colours that bring the characters to life, capturing the essence of each couple's culture and lifestyle. The drawings offer a glimpse into Italy's rich and diverse heritage, presenting a window into the customs and traditions of its people through their traditional clothing and accessories.