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. 29 10 verso Portrait
> Portrait of Cardinal Astalli
Velázquez, Diego
Possibly IdentifiedResearch Notes
Diego Velazquez, Portrait of Cardinal Camillo Astalli Pamphilj (ca. 1650)
  • Portrait of Cardinal Camillo Astalli Pamphili, ca. 1650, oil on canvas

Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 2, no. 29
[3a.7]
Transcription
Con arte, [e] magistral tocco, e concluso
Dal Velasco un ritratto un lino espone
De’ sacri Porporati ornato all’uso
Nacque a eternar ne suoi color persone
Di grado alto, e real l'egregio Ibero
E quà del suo valor fè paragone

Ritratto del Card[ina]le Astalli fino alla cintura

Physical description of artwork

n.º 29 mezo ritratto in tela di p.i 3 al. 2 1/2 lar.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i trè d'altezza e dui, e m[ez]zo di larghezza. Orig[ina]le di Diego Velasco Spagnolo, in cornice moderna dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata sopra il camino vi sono li infrascritti quadri

Iconclass
Categorization

Historical persons (ASTALLI, CARDINAL) – historical person (ASTALLI, CARDINAL) portrayed alone

[61B2 (ASTALLI, CARDINAL) 11]
Comments by authors

In the 1680 inventory, the sitter is specified as Cardinal Astalli, while in the 1681 poem he is described simply as a man in the garb of a cardinal. —Murtha Baca