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. 31 11 recto Religion: Old Testament
> Samson and Delilah
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. 31
[2c.10]
Transcription
Sansone alle cui scosse al fin cadeo
Quel tempio, che con esso oppresse, e spense
Frà sue ruine il Popol Filisteo
Dormire in seno a chi nel cor le accense
Fiamme d’Amor mirasi all’hor che privo
Del crin fu reso, e di sue forze immense,
E mostra in apparir morbido e vivo
Ch’Alessandro il formò quel che s’addita
Della nobil Verona esser nativo

Sansone nudo steso soprà un cuscino rosso che posa il capo in grembo a Dalide, la quale in una mano tiene le forbici, e con l'altra accenna i soldati, che stanno con lancie e corde, e da una parte un tauolino coperto d'un tapeto sopra ui un bacile, e un boccale dorato.

Physical description of artwork

n.º 31 fig.e mez.e in tela p.i 8 1/2 lar. 6 al.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i otto e m[ez]zo di larghezza, e sei d'altezza. Orig[ina]le d'Aless[andr]o Veronese, in cornice all'antica nera con filo d'oro

Location of artwork

Nella facciata incontro alle finestre

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Categorization

Samson asleep in Delilah's lap; she is usually shown beckoning to a Philistine or putting a finger to her lips

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