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. 9 2 verso Genre
> Fruit merchant
Caravaggio, Michalangelo Merisi da
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. 9
[1b.30]
Transcription
Non e’ da questa imperfettion lontana
Una tela maggior, che in quel che’ scopre
Di mai far meglio ogni speranza è vana.
Mostra ch’il prezzo a constrastar s’adopre
D’odorosi meloni un Venditore
Ch’il tergo di pelliccia ammanta, e copre,
Della gente ch’hà intorno altri l’odore,
Altri il sapor ne gusta, e questo, e quello
Di quanti ne’ comprò sborsa il valore;

Venditore di meloni, con quattro altre fig[u]re, che mostrano uoler comprare d[ett]i meloni.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e al naturale sino al ginochio in tela di p.i 6 di alt.a e 6½ di larg.a

Figure fino al ginochio, in tela di sei p[alm]i d'altezza, e sei e m[ez]zo di larghezza. Orig[ina]le del Carauaggio. In cornice grande di noce uenata con filo d'oro

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanz

Iconclass
Categorization

Merchant, salesman; Fruit

[46B21]; [41C653]
Comments by authors

It is unlikely that this painting was by Caravaggio, as indicated in the 1680 inventory. No attribution is explicitly given in the 1681 poem, although it follows a painting attributed to Caravaggio. It is much more likely that this painting was by one of the Bamboccianti (painters of genre scenes, usually with “low-life” subjects), like Cerquozzi. —Francesca Cappelletti