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. 10 9 recto Religion: New Testament
> The conversion of Saul
Zuccaro, Federico
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. 10
Coperto il sen di militare arnese
Caduto col destrier mirasi a terra
Saol che'il Rè del Ciel cotanto offese,
A cui l’eterno figlio apre e disserra
Cinto d’Angeli intorno il suo gran lume,
Mentre gli dice, e perche a me fai guerra?
E di si gran maniera al suo costume
Il Zucchero effigiò l’alto successo,
Che di far meglio in van l’arte presume.
Physical description of artwork

n.º 10 fig.e al par del vivo, in tela di p. 11 al. 6 lar.

Location of artwork

On the way to Damascus Christ appears to Saul, who falls from his horse and is blinded by the light

Comments by authors

A 1701 Mellini inventory in the state archives in Rome lists an anonymous painting picturing the conversion of Saul, but the 1680 inventory does not include any paintings of that subject or any paintings by Zuccari. —Murtha Baca