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. 3 8 recto Religion: New Testament, Religion: Saints
> St. John the Baptist
Reni, Guido, School of
After Guido Reni, Saint John the Baptist in the Desert (ca. 1635-42)
  • Saint John the Baptist in the Desert, ca. 1635–42, canvas

Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 2, no. 3
[4d.38]
Transcription
Par ch’il giuditio altrui dubbio non trove
Ch’uscisser già dalla famosa scola
Di Guido Ren due tele, e non d’altrove
In una d’esse appar pensosa, e sola
Di Giovanni l’imago al Ciel rivolta,
E un picciol Cherubin, che a lui s’en vola.

S. Gio[vanni] fino al petto, che guarda uerso il Cielo

Physical description of artwork

n.º 3 Fig.a al par del vivo in tela di p. 8 1/2 al. e 6 1/2 lar.

Stà in tela della med[esim]a misura. Copia pure d'Orig[inal]e del sopr[a]d[detto]. on cornice simile.

Location of artwork

Nella facciata incontrò alle finestre

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Categorization

John the Baptist called by an angel

[73A185]
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