Francesco Mancini (1830–1905)
Francesco Mancini (Naples, 1830–1905) was an Italian painter.
Francesco Mancini enrolled at the Naples Royal Institute of Fine Arts in 1844, where he studied drawing and attended Gabriele Smargiassi’s course on landscape as from 1846. He then abandoned the academic approach at the end of the following decade and devoted himself to painting from life during numerous trips to the regions of southern Italy. He also tried his hand at history painting and presented scenes from the struggle for national liberation in Florence at the Esposizione Nazionale di Firenze of 1861.
A leading figure in Neapolitan cultural life, he became a member of the Società Promotrice di Belle Arti there in 1862 and was a regular participant in its exhibitions. He took up a teaching post at the local academy in 1877 and was one of the founders of the Circolo Artistico Napoletano in 1888. His participation in the major national exhibitions held by Italian cities included Turin (1880 and 1884) and Milan (1881). Landscapes inspired by the countryside and customs of the Abruzzi, Puglia and Calabria regions were accompanied in this period by more fashionable scenes of city life painted during frequent stays in Paris and London, which found great favour with the collectors of the time.
His works found buyers in Europe and America, and he was knighted into the Order of the Crown of Italy. He exhibited in 1877 at Naples: La strada ferrata (property of the Conte de la Feld); four canvases depicting Torchio; and one titled a rupe. In 1880 at Turin, he exhibited: Seascape of Capri; Seascape of Casamicciola; Capo Pescara; Seascape of Naples; Approdo delle barche di Sorrento; Seascape of Pozzuoli; and Veduta dei tre Monti. in 1881 at Milan, he displayed: a landscape, Nel bosco, and Mercato a Popoli negli Abruzzi. At Rome, in 1883: A Zingara (A Gypsy Woman); Dopo il pascolo (also exhibited in 1884 at Turin); Sport; and Dopo la vendemmia. In 1887 at Venezia, in 1887: Amalfi; Pompei; San Marco, and Cava dei Tirreni. Other works are: Veduta di Popoli; Seascape of Ischia; Alpine Locale; Mattino estivo; Ritorno dalla pena; and Tramonto. 
- Laura Casone, Francesco Mancini, online catalogue Artgate by Fondazione Cariplo, 2010, CC BY-SA (source for the first revision of this article).
- Dizionario degli Artisti Italiani Viventi: pittori, scultori, e Architetti, by Angelo de Gubernatis. Tipe dei Successori Le Monnier, 1889, page 274-275.
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