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.
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.
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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