Carlo Mancini - inv. 260
Restored in 1995, this painting presents a large amount of cracking, especially in the sky, due to a thick layer of paint on a rather thin canvas.
Carlo Mancini shows part of lake Como, with the point of Bellagio in the centre, seen from the village of Lenno. The mountains, clouds, and outlines of the shores of the lake and the houses are mirrored in the slightly ruffled water on a calm day full of light.
Signed but not dated, the painting probably dates to the mid 1870s, when the artist worked in his studio in Milan.
Son of Francesco and countess Lucrezia Belgioioso, Carlo Mancini grew up in a sophisticated artistic environment that included the greatest musicians of the period: Rossini, Verdi, Bellini and Donizetti. He was a pupil of Giuseppe Bertini at the Brera Fine Arts Academy and made his painting debut in 1857, enjoying considerable success particularly in Lombardy and Piedmont. After 1875, due to disagreement with the organisers of the Brera exhibitions, he only exhibited his work abroad. He travelled a lot in Europe and, from about 1900, went to Egypt, India, Indochina and Burma. Sketches and impressions made on these travels are row, together with his other work, in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna and in the Pinacoteca of Brera in Milan, in the Museo Civico of Turin, and in the Accademia Carrara of Bergamo.