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.

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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. 23 10 recto Religion: Old Testament
> Judith and Holofernes
Scarsellino
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. 23
[4a.9]
Transcription
Col capo tronco in man di quel feroce
Che Bethulia affligea l’Hebrea donzella
Che la Patria salvò da fato atroce.
Figurò Scarsellin, virile, e bella
Fiammeggiante del zel che si l’accese
Di torre al petto rio l’alma rubella.

Giudit, che tiene in grembo la testa d'Oloferne e con una mano tiene la spada, e mostra parlare con una Vechia, che le stà app[resso], e che le tiene una mano sù la spalla.

Physical description of artwork

n.º 23 Meze fig.e mezz.e in tav.a p.i 2 1/4 larg. 1 3/4 al.

Stà in tauola di p[alm]i dui, e un quarto di altezza, e uno, e tre quarti di larghezza. Si uede Orig[inal]e dello Scarsellino, o pure d'Aless[andr]o Veronese fatto ad imitatione del med[esim]o, in cornice piccola parte nera, e parte dorata

Location of artwork

Nella stanza longa che riesce in via de Pastini, nella facciata a man dritta nell'entrare di d.a stanza

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Categorization

Judith with Holofernes' head and the sword

[71U42731]
Comments by authors

The 1680 inventory says that this painting is either an original by Scarsellino, or a copy by Alessandro Turchi after Scarsellino. —Murtha Baca