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 1, no. 1 1 verso Mythology
> Venus and Cupid
Veronese, Paolo
No artwork identified
Placeholder graphic indicates no artwork was identified.
Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 1
[1a.1]
Transcription
Di Pavol Veronese opera altera
V’è una Venere ignuda al par del vivo
Di tal beltà, che par spirante e vera.
Tien’ nella mano un stral del quale ha privo
Amore, onde a ritorlo il braccio ei stende,
Ch’ella ripiega a ciò ritroso, e schivo.

Venere in piedi al par del uiuo, nuda, con un cinto di perle, che tiene un dardo in mano, che da Amore in piedi, che le stà al fianco uiene desiderato, che perciò stende un braccio per torlo di mano alla Madre a piedi della quale ui è il Carcasso d'Amore pieno di strali, e due colombe.

Physical description of artwork

Figura intera al naturale in tela di palmi 7½ d’altezza, e 4½ di larghezza

Stà in tela di sette palmi, e m[ez]zo d'altezza, e quattro e m[ez]zo di larghezza. Orig[ina]le eccellentiss[im]o di Pauolo Veronese, Cornice all'antica nera con fiori d'oro

Location of artwork

Stanza grande che riesce su la Piazza, nella facciata incontro alle finestre

Iconclass
Categorization

Venus and Cupid (Cupid not being mere attribute)

[92C454]
Comments by authors

To date, we have been unable to identify the painting described in both inventories with any known painting by Veronese. The iconography of the painting was almost certainly similar to that of depictions by Guido Reni and a painting in a private collection that is attributed to Veronese. —Nuria Rodríguez Ortega