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. 42 12 recto Religion: New Testament
> The Adoration of the Shepherds
Bril, Paul
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. 42
[5a.1]
Transcription
Che sia di Brilli il suo bel stile insegna
Di Bethelemme la Città lontana,
Che d’accorre il gran parto in sen fù degna.
Presso d’essa Maria non s’allontana
Sotto un tetto dal fien dove si mira
Già la Divinità fattasi humana,
E trà i Pastor chi s’affatica, e gira
Quivi alle mura intorno, e chi devoto
Nel vil Presepe il Paradiso ammira.

Presepe doue di uede la Città di Betlem cinta di mura, appoggiati alle quali è un tetto, e al coperto di questo stà la Mad[onn]a col Bambino S. Gios[epp]e, e Angeli, e Pastori, che l'adorano. Si uedono anco molti pezzi di colonne sparsi per terreno, e più fig[ur]e d'homini, e donne in habito da Contadino, che s'incaminano alla uolta del Presepe. e ui sono alcuni animali e molti piccioni, che suolazzano soprà le mura della Città, la quale è tutta Orig[ina]le di Paolo Brilli come anco l'arbore grande, e il paese, che si uede app[resso]. Le fig[ur]e però sono di Pittore incerto ma ottimamente dipinte.

Physical description of artwork

n.º 42 fig.e picc.e in tela di p. 8 lar. 5 al.

Sta in tela di p[alm]i otto di larghezza, e cinque d'altezza in cornice grande noua lionata uenata di nero con fili d'oro.

Location of artwork

Nella Camera piccola del Sig[no]r Pietro, che riesce nella Piazza

Iconclass
Categorization

Adoration of the Christ-child by the Shepherds; Mary and Joseph present

[73B25]
Comments by authors

The 1680 inventory specifies that the landscape and animals were painted by Paul Bril, and the human figures by another, unspecified painter. —Murtha Baca