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. 36-37 11 verso Portrait
Vecchi, Giovanni de'
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. 36-37
[2a.3]
Transcription
Esser opre di man che stil possiede
Ai rari egual due nobili ritratti
Di buon gusto condotti altrui fan fede
Et apparisce in lor a colpi, e tratti
Di spedito pennel che gl’habbia al certo
Giovan de Vechi effigiati, e fatti.

Ritratto di Gio[vanni] Patritij a sedere in una sedia, che tiene in mano una carta con la pianta d[ell]a Chiesa di S. M[ari]a Maggiore, e guarda una // Madonnina col Bambino in braccio soprà una nuuola, sotto la quale si scorge il miracolo della neue

Physical description of artwork

n.º 36 37 fig.e al natrle in tela p. 4 1/2 al. 3 lar.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i quattro e m[ez]zo d'altezza, e trè di largh[ezz]a Orig[ina]le di Gio[vanni] de Vechi dal Borgo, in cornice di noce schietta all'antica

Location of artwork

Stanza contigua alla sala, che riesce in Piazza Capranica.

Iconclass
Categorization

Historical person (PATRIZI, GIOVANNI) – historical person portrayed alone; Miraculous indication of the building-site of Santa Maria Maggiore in the snow (by the Virgin Mary)

[61B2 (PATRIZI, GIOVANNI) 11]; [11Q71111]
Comments by authors

In his 1681 poem, Pietro gives only a vague description of “two noble portraits” by Giovanni de’ Vecchi, while the 1680 inventory gives a detailed description of a single portrait—another indication that Pietro was probably working from memory. —Murtha Baca