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. 11 9 recto Genre
> Farm scene
Bassano, Francesco, II
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. 11
[4d.36]
Transcription
Del giovane Bassan, che valse anch’esso
Quasi del vechio al par, onde sovente
Di qual di lor sian l’opre in dubbio è messo
Armenti, e donne a vili ufficij intente
Mostra una tela dove il bifolco ancora
Preme col pie del duro aratro il dente.

Contadini, e Contadine, in un paese doue è una capanna, alla quale è appoggiata una scala, e sono due boui grandi condotti da un bifoleo e molte peccore.

Physical description of artwork

n.º 11 fig.e piccole in tela di p. 5 al. 4 lar.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i cinque di larghezza, e quattro d'altezza. Orig[ina]le di Franc[esc]o Bassano in cornice grande noua tutta dorata.

Location of artwork

Nella facciata incontrò alle finestre

Iconclass
Categorization

Farmers; Ploughing; Cattle; hearding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdress, cowherd, etc.

[46A14]; [47I123]; [47121]; [47I221]
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