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. 7 2 verso Literature
> Angelica and Medoro
Lanfranco, Giovanni
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. 7
[1c.46]
Transcription
Anco in disegno dal medesmo espresso
L’esposto caso appar, e fù già dono,
Gentil non men del donatore istesso.

Medoro in terra ferito, e Angelica, che le medica la piaga disegnato con lapis rosso

Physical description of artwork

F.e piccoline disegnate in foglio di carta grande

in carta coperta di cristallo di p[alm]i dui di larghezza, e uno, e m[ez]zo scarsi d'altezza. Orig[ina]le del Cau[alie]r Lanfranco, in cornice alla moderna tutta dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

Iconclass
Categorization

Angelica; Medoro

[82A(MEDORO)]; [82AA(ANGELICA)]
Comments by authors

It was very rare for a collector to own both a painting and a preliminary drawing for that same painting, as is the case with items no. 6 and no. 7 here. This sheds new light on Giovan Battista Mellini as a collector. Giovan Battista probably commissioned the painting from Lanfranco, who gave him the preparatory drawing as a gift—a remarkable example of direct contact between a collector and an artist. —Francesca Cappelletti