Self-Portrait (recto and verso)

Antonio Mancini, Italian, 1852 - 1930

c. 1883

Pastel heightened with white opaque watercolor on paper

Sheet: 27 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches (69.2 x 47.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Vance N. Jordan Collection, 2004

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Here the artist presents himself in an expressionless, frontal pose that mimics the attitude of a Byzantine icon. On his head is a yellow straw hat whose rounded outline suggests a halo, creating a self-image that seems to alternate between country bumpkin and saint. Mancini repeated this halo device in at least one other self-portrait and playfully fitted his Circus Boy of 1872 with a brass ring "halo" as well.