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. 4 2 recto Mythology
> Acis and Galatea
Dyck, Anthony van
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. 4
[1c.36]
Transcription
Fa restar di stupor le genti immote
Del gran Vandich un Polifemo atroce,
Che con parte di un monte Acis percote
Fugge reggendo a suoi delfini il freno
Su la conchiglia Galatea veloce,
E scorgonsi avventarle i dardi al seno
Gli Amoretti volanti, e a nuoto intorno
I squamosi Triton nel mar sereno.

Polifemo a pie d'una montagna sù la riua del mare, che ha tirato addosso ad Aci un pezzo di Monte, soprà il quale stanno Amorini piangenti, e Galatea, che fugge con altri Amorini, che uibrano strali, e tritoni nel mare, con uarij animali, e figurine in lontanaza.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.a mezzana in tela di p.i 5 di largh.a, e 4½ d’alt.a

Stà in tela di p[alm]i cinque di larghezza, e quattro d'Altezza. Orig[inal]e di Vandich, in cornice tutta dorata uechia

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

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Categorization

Acis and Galatea flee from Polyphemus, who seizes a rock to crush Acis

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