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. 5 8 recto Religion: Old Testament
> Sacrifice of Isaac
Cesari, Giussepe
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. 5
[4b.12]
Transcription
Abram in atto di sacrificare
Di quel chiaro Pittor, ch’eterna Arpino
S’addita ancor frà l’opere più rare
Nudo Isac, e raccolto il capo chino
Offre al ferro, ch’inalza il Genitore
Pronto a eseguir l’alto voler divino
Ma un Angel, che diffonde aureo splendore
Trattiengli il braccio, e di vietar s’appaga
Ch’incrudelizca il suo paterno amore

Abram, che stà in atto di tagliar la testa ad Isac posto in ginochi per aspectare il colpo ma da un Angelo uiene con un braccio ritenuta la spada, con la // quale uoleua il P[ad]re sacrificarlo

Physical description of artwork

n.º 5 Fig.e al par del vivo in tela di p. 10 al. 7 1/2 lar.

Stà in tela di palmi dieci d'altezza, e sette e m[ez]zo di larghezza. Orig[ina]le d[e]l Cau[alie]r d'Arpino, in cornice piccola intagliata, e dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata incontro alla sud.a

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Categorization

Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22)

[71C131]
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