(b S Angelo in Vado, April 24, 1679; d Rome, 1758).
Italian painter. He was trained in Bologna in the school of Carlo Cignani, and his art is rooted in the classicist tradition of Bologna and Emilia Romagna. His achievements can be measured not only by his official appointments (French Academician, 1732; associate and regent of the Congregazione dei Virtuosi al Pantheon, 1743, 1745; principal of the Accademia di S Luca, 1750–51) but also by the numerous commissions, almost exclusively ecclesiastical, that he obtained both in Rome and in the provinces. These made a significant contribution to the development of the form and iconography of the altarpiece.
Mancini’s early period is not well documented: the only canvases that remain from it are the Chariot of the Sun (Forlì, Pal. Albicini), which is clearly influenced by Correggio, two more solemn and measured canvases, the Union of the Greek and Latin Churches and Gregory and Gratian, Compilers of the Sacred Canons, and the fresco of the ...