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.

Key
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. 16 9 verso Landscape, Mythology
> Dancing nymphs
Bonzi, Pietro Paolo
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. 16
[4a.8]
Transcription
Il Gobbo de Caracci, il qual s’è reso
D’ogn’altro al pari in colorir famoso
Ma che in tinger paesi al sommo e asceso
Un di questi formò vago e frondoso
Ove di Ninfe un stuolo in giro unite
Muovono ai balli il piè nel suolo herboso,

Paese doue si uedono sette figurine di Donne ballare in giro, e un Pastore sonare la picca, et altre trè fig[ur]e in un gruppo poco distanti, con due Satiretti che montano soprà un arbore.

Physical description of artwork

n.º 16 fig.e piccoline in tela p.i 2 1/2 lar. 2 al.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i dui, e m[ez]zo di larghezza, e dui d'altezza. Orig[ina]le del Gobbo de Caracci, in cornice con riporti 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

Iconclass
Categorization

Nymphs (in general), ‘Ninfe in commune’ (Ripa); Landscapes in a temperate zone (+landscape with figures, staffage); dancing

[92L3]; [25H1 (+1)]; [43C9]
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