Bimbo che Legge. Antonio Mancini (Italian, 1852-1930). Oil on canvas. Mancini’s paintings, often of homeless street children like Bimbo, are wonderful and eccentric, with thin veils of paint that barely mask the canvas in one area and huge gobs of impasto, looking like they have been chunked onto the canvas with a spatula, let alone a palette knife, in others. Paint is troweled and scraped across the canvas in places, yet the same image will have passages of sublime modeling and blending.