Antonio Mancini Italy
11-14-1852 Rome, ITA – 12-28-1930 Rome, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
At the age of twelve, Antonio Mancini was admitted to the Institute of Fine Arts in Naples. Mancini developed quickly under their guidance, and in 1872, he exhibited two paintings at the Paris Salon. Antonio Mancini worked at the forefront of the Verismo movement, an indigenous Italian response to 19th-century Realist aesthetics. His usual subjects included children of the poor, juvenile circus performers, and musicians he observed in the streets of Naples. His portrait of a young acrobat in Il Saltimbanco (1877–78) exquisitely captures the fragility of the boy whose impoverished childhood is spent entertaining pedestrian crowds.
While in Paris in the 1870s, Antonio Mancini met the Impressionist painters Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet and John Singer Sargent.
In 1881, Antonio Mancini suffered a disabling mental illness. He settled in Rome in 1883 for twenty years, then moved to Frascati where he lived until 1918. During this period of Mancini's life, he was often destitute and relied on the help of friends and art buyers to survive. After the First World War, his living situation stabilized and he achieved a new level of serenity in his work.
Antonio Mancini painting, The Poor Schoolboy, exhibited in the Salon of 1876, is displayed in the Musee d'Orsay of Paris.
The first exhibition in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Mancini's work was at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, October, 2007 - January, 2008. The Philadelphia Art Museum holds fifteen oil paintings and three pastels by Antonio Mancini that were a gift of New York art dealer.
Art Movement: Academic
Influences: Domenico Morelli, Filippo Palizzi