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Antonio Mancini | Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini (14 November 1852 - 28 December 1930) was an Italian painter⏭.
Mancini was born in Rome and showed precocious ability as an artist. At the age of twelve, he was admitted to the Institute of Fine Arts in Naples, where he studied under Domenico Morelli (1823-1901)⏩, a painter of historical scenes who favored dramatic chiaroscuro and vigorous brushwork, and Filippo Palizzi⏩. Mancini developed quickly under their guidance, and in 1872, he exhibited two paintings at the Paris Salon.

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter


Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

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) captures the fragility of the boy whose impoverished childhood is spent entertaining pedestrian crowds.
While in Paris in the 1870s, Mancini met the Impressionist painters Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet. He became friends with John Singer Sargent, who famously pronounced him to be the greatest living painter. His mature works show a brightened palette with a striking impasto technique on canvas and a bold command of pastels on paper.

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter


Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

In 1881, 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. Mancini died in Rome in 1930 and was buried in the Basilica Santi Bonifacio e Alessio on the Aventine Hill.


His painting,The Poor Schoolboy, exhibited in the Salon of 1876, is in the Musee d'Orsay of Paris. Its realist subject matter and dark palette are typical of his early work. Paintings by Mancini also may be seen in Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, the Museo Civico-Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin, and other galleries in Italy.
The first exhibition in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Mancini's work was at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 20, 2007 - January 20, 2008. The Philadelphia Art Museum holds fifteen oil paintings and three pastels by Mancini that were a gift of New York City art dealer Vance N. Jordan. | © Wikipedia

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter



Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter


Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter


Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter


Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter


Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter
















Antonio Mancini (1852-1930) dimostra una tale e precoce abilità artistica che, appena dodicenne, viene ammesso all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli dove è allievo di Morelli, di Palizzi⏩ e di Stanislao Lista. Si dedica al ritratto e alla pittura di genere aneddotico con notevoli risultati.
La sua arte si identifica con la corrente del Verismo. Rimane a Napoli fino al 1873 anno in cui si trasferisce a Parigi, dove l'anno precedente aveva esposto due dipinti al Salon; nella capitale francese lavora per Goupil e poi per l'olandese Mesdag (che donerà poi molti suoi lavori al museo dell'Aia). Durante il soggiorno parigino conosce gli impressionisti Degas e Manet; diventa anche amico di John Singer Sargent⏩ che apertamente lo considera il maggior pittore vivente. Tuttavia incomincia a soffrire di una grave crisi nervosa.
Torna a Napoli ed è ricoverato per quattro anni in una casa di cura.
Riprende infine a lavorare, riparte per Parigi nel 1877, va anche a Londra e si riconferma artista celebre e di successo.
Richiesto dai collezionisti e pittore prolifico dipinge diverse versioni, se non vere e proprie copie, dei suoi dipinti più celebri.




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