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. 28 10 verso Still Life
> Fruit still life
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. 28
Sovra coppa il Guercin tinse, e compose
Picciol frutto vermiglio in cui Natura
Tondo ossicel d'anima in vece ascose,
In riguardar la nobile pittura
Tanto simile al ver l'ochio deluso
A stimarla non finta ogn'hor s'indura

Cerase dentro ad una sottocopa, sotto la q[ua]le da una parte si uedono dui persiche, e dall'altra dui prugne.

Physical description of artwork

n.º 28 in tela di p.i 1 1/2 lar. 1 1/4 al.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i uno e m[ez]zo di larghezza, e uno e un quarto d'altezza Orig[ina]le del Guercino da Cento in cornice piccola tutta dorata.

Location of artwork

Nella facciata incontro alla sud.a


Still Life of related objects; fruit

[41E1]; [41C653]
Comments by authors

This painting was most likely done by Paolo Antonio Barbieri, Guercino's brother. Guercino was not known to paint still lifes, but there are examples of his brother working with this kind of subject matter. —Helen Glanville