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. 38-39-40-41 11 verso Warfare
> Soldiers
Cesari, Giuseppe
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. 38-39-40-41
[4b.11]; [2a.6]
Transcription
Di novo rammentare i pregi, e l’ merto
Del Cav. Gioseppe a me conviene
Se in quattro suoi carton si mostra aperto
In difficili scorci, e teste, e schiene
Di figure eccellenti, hà in se ciascuno
Braccia, e gambe in cui scopre, e nervi, e vene
Morder più d’un destrier freno importuno
Vi si palesa, e dai guerrier non sdegna
Lasciar premersi il dorso anche taluno.

[4b.11]: Disegno in carta di piu fig[ur]e, e trà l'altre una in piedi con una spada alla mano,
[2a.6]: Disegno in carta d'un Soldato armato con una lancia in mano, e si scopre fino alla cintura

Physical description of artwork

n.º 38 39 40 41 Disegni in carta di misure diverse

[4b.11]: disteso soprà una tela di p[alm]i otto, e m[ez]zo d'altezza, e cinque di larghezza. Orig[ina]le del Cau[alie]r Gios[epp]e d'Arpino, in cornice piccola color di noce con filo d'oro;
[2a.6]: riportato soprà una tela di p[alm]i sette di larghezza, e cinque d'altezza. Orig[ina]le del Cau[alie]r Gios[epp]e d'Arpino in cornice piccola lionata con filo d'oro

Location of artwork

[4b.11]: Nella facciata incontro alla sud.a
[2a.6]: Stanza contigua alla sala, che riesce in Piazza Capranica.

Iconclass
Categorization

Postures of the human figure; Figure with Sword Postures of the human figure; hacking and thrusting weapons; The soldier; the soldier’s life

[31A23]; [31A23]; [45C13 SWORD]; [45B]
Comments by authors

Pietro lists four drawings by the Cavaliere d’Arpino, while the 1680 inventory describes only two, and in more precise detail. —Murtha Baca