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.

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. 3 1 verso Religion: New Testament
> The Adoration of the Christ-child
Bassano, Jacopo, il vecchio
Possibly IdentifiedResearch Notes
Workshop of Jacopo Bassano, il vecchio, Adoration of the Shepherds (ca. 1554)
  • Adoration of the Shepherds, ca 1554
Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 3
Pur di sua man nella capanna oscura
Il celeste bambin nato si vede
Frà i due animal che riscaldarlo han cura
Posa nel sen della gran Madre, e siede,
E de Pastori humil l’alme devote
Gli porgono in tributo oro di fede.

Presepe, con la Mad[onn]a S. Gio[sepp]e e il Bambino; vn Pastore a sedere in terra che sona il ciufo-//lo, con alcune pecore, e un cane, che dorme, oltre l'asino, e l'bue,

Physical description of artwork

Fige piccole in tela di pi 3½ di larg.a , e 3 di alt.a

Stà in tela di palmi trè, e m[ez]zo di largh[ez]za e trè d'altezza Orig[ina]le di Giacomo Bassano il uechio in cornice piccola all'antica tutta dorata

Location of artwork

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


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

Comments by authors

As noticed by Jorge Fernández-Santos Ortiz-Iribas (2008; see Bibliography), the description in the inventory of 1680 almost exactly matches the painting currently in the Galleria Borghese. The only discrepancy is the measurement; the painting in the Mellini collection was probably a copy after the Borghese panel. Yet it is interesting to see how the description provided in Mellini's poem of 1681 seems to be closer to the version in the Corsini Gallery in Rome (inv. 649) (105 x 157), of which there are also copies (Brown and Marini, Jacopo Bassano 101 and 102; see Bibliography). —Nuria Rodríguez Ortega