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The Fortune Teller

MANCINI, Antonio (1852 - 1930)

The Fortune Teller

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 60.2 x 100.2 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 1950

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Mancini trained in Naples and visited Paris in 1875-76 and 1877-78. In 1883 he settled in Rome. With Sargent's help he achieved a considerable reputation in Britain. His figure paintings were influenced by seventeenth-century Old Masters. They include glittering light effects and incorporate thick impasto, sometimes textured with metal foil, string and other materials. This genre piece depicts an old man with a pipe at a table, on which are an ape, a parrot and other animals. It was purchased by Margaret Davies in 1914.

Comments (2)

Marc Haynes Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
16 October 2017, 14:23
Hi Paula,

There are two books on Mancini in the library of National Museum Cardiff (one by Virgilio Guzzi and the other by Ulrich Hiesinger), but I'm afraid I couldn't find any reference to Il Delito in either of them. I hope you're successful in finding the work's location, and I'm sorry we can't be of more help.

Best wishes,

Digital Team
11 October 2017, 16:04
A great work.
I am traing to find a painting by Mancini named "Il Delito".It depicts a landascape under a storm. The Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto, Portugal, has a copy done by a portuguese painer, Henrique Pousão, who met Mancini personaly in Italy. I need to find the original work .
Have you any idea about its place?
Paula Azeredo
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