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. 21 10 recto Mythology
> Orpheus and Eurydice
Turchi, Alessandro
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. 21
[3c.16]
Transcription
E ancor del suo pennel l’ochio ravvisa
Dolersi Orfeo, che la sua Sposa amata
Habbia lo Stigio horror da se divisa.

Orfeo nudo al par del uiuo, che sta à sedere con uiolino appoggiato ad una spalla, e con l'arco all'altra mano, con paese, e casamenti

Physical description of artwork

n.º 21 fig.a al par del vivo in tela di p.i 8 1/2 al. 5 lar.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i otto, e m[ez]zo d'altezza, e cinque di larghezza Orig[ina]le d'Aless[andr]o Veronese, se pure non è stato copiato dal med[esim]o dal Dosi uechio di Ferrara, in cornice grande, che finge pietra uenata, con un solo filetto d'oro

Location of artwork

Nella facciata della finestra

Iconclass
Categorization

Orpheus mourning Eurydice; Orpheus playing the lyre

[94O213]; [94O511]
Comments by authors

The 1680 inventory says that this painting is either an original by Alexandrio Turchi or, if it is not, a copy by Turchi after Dosso Dossi. —Murtha Baca