List of Artworks

The works Mellini described in his poem are presented here in a table. Compare the descriptions of the works in Mellini's poem with their description in an earlier, conventional inventory from 1680 by clicking to open the “Compare to 1680 Inventory” window.

The images shown here are intended to give the users of this digital publication an idea of the kinds of pictorial works that were in the collection of the Mellini family during the late seventeenth century. They are an indication of taste, fashion, and social status as reflected in the reception rooms of the family’s palazzo. Read about the research team’s work to identify the images presented here.

Identified: There is a high probability that the work named here was in the Mellini collection in 1681.
Possibly Identified: The work was possibly in the Mellini collection in 1681.
Related: The work was not in the Mellini collection but is somehow related to the work described in the inventories (i.e., it is a copy, an alternate version, or a preliminary drawing).
Example: The work was not in the Mellini collection but is representative of a work described in the inventories (i.e., in theme and/or visual composition).
No artwork identified: Most of the works described by Mellini in his poem have not been identified.
Item No. Folio Subjects Artist Identification Status
Part 2, no. 8 8 verso Religion: Saints
> St. Jerome
Marcello Venusti
No artwork identified
Placeholder graphic indicates no artwork was identified.
Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 2, no. 8
Di cui segue il Dottor, ch’horrida parte
Scelse per suo ricatto in Palestina
Intento a specular le sacre carte.

S. Girolamo in ginochi, e con le mani giunte // che stà contemplando un Crocifisso.

Physical description of artwork

n.º 8 fig.a intera mezz.a in tela di p. 6 al 5 lar.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i sei d'altezza, e quattro di larghezza. Orig[ina]le di Marcel Venusto, in cornice grande tutta dorata

Location of artwork

Nella stanza longa che riesce in via de Pastini, nella facciata a man dritta nell'entrare di d.a stanza


Personal devotion of St. Jerome

Comments by authors

Clearly, Pietro Mellini did not know or remember that the “Doctor” depicted in this painting is St. Jerome. Pietro also says that the subject is contemplating the Bible, while the 1680 inventory describes him as contemplating a crucifix. Pietro gives the width of the painting as five palms, while the 1680 inventory says it is four palms. —Nuria Rodríguez Ortega