Italian painters: Antonio Mancini | Senza categoria

Italian painters: Antonio Mancini

Antonio Mancini is one of the best known Italian painters belonging to the Verismo movement. Being a Verista, he took his main inspiration from the streets of the Italian cities, mainly Naples. His most recurrent subjects vary from poor children, street artists, circus performers.

His portraits are honest and direct, they give a strong image of the figure depicted. The Saltimbanco makes us feel the hard condition of this poor boy, struggling to survive as a performer in poverty.


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His talent was famous around Europe back then, and he became a good friend of the English painter John Singer Sargent, who really appreciated his works. Mancini painted Sargent in various occasions.


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Despite suffering of an extremely bad mental breakdown, Mancini could become successful. His paintings are exposed in Rome, London, Paris, and New York.

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Italian slang: “Avere sale in zucca”

This expression is very funny. You may think it could have something to do with eating or cooking, since you can translate it literally as “Having salt in the pumpkin” but it has nothing to do with pumpkins!


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In Italian, the word “zucca” – pumpkin – is used to talk about the head, because of the rounded shape of the vegetable. “Avere sale in zucca” means having some “salt” in the head, being smart. It’s a nice expression that Italians, especially in Tuscany, love to use!

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Italian recipes: lentil soup

Winter is almost here, days are getting colder…so what’s best than a warm, hearty lentil soup to warm up our heart? An easy and homey classic, that you will prepare just in 40 minutes!

lentil soup

Ingredients (for 2 people)

120g lentils
20g onion
20g carrot20g celery
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp tomato concentrate
1 sage leaf
3 slices of bread (thick)
salt, pepper



Peel the carrot, celery and onion, chop them finely. Put the olive oil in a pot and fry the vegetables for a few minutes. Add the tomato concentrate and the lentils, mix well. Cover with water, add the sage leaf and cook on low heat for about 30/40 minutes adding, if needed, more hot water. When the soup is cooked, add salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the bread slices into small cubes and fry them in a pan with a bit of oil.

Pour the soup in the bowls and top it with the fried bread cubes, extra virgin olive oil and black pepper.

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