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. 10:11 2 verso Genre
> Old woman; Buffoon
Caravaggio, Michalangelo Merisi da
Possibly IdentifiedResearch Notes
School of Caravaggio, Woman with Pestle and Mortar (1600-29)
  • An Old Woman with a Pestle and Mortar, 1600–29, oil on canvas
Possibly IdentifiedResearch Notes
School of Caravaggio, Man with a Wine Flask (1600-1629)
A Man with a Wine Flask, 1600–29, oil on canvas
Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 10:11
[1a.4]; [1a.5]
Transcription
Con egual vanto adoperò il pennello
In due’ vili ritratti Autore si raro
D’una Vechia grinzuta, e un Buffoncello
Questa asperso un pistel mostra, e un mortaro
Della salsa composta, e quel ridente
Si stringe un fiasco al sen del cor più caro.

[1a.4] Vechia, che fà la salsa in un mortaro, e con un dito mostra uolerla assaggiare, mezza figura in tondo in tela. Orig[ina]le del Caravaggio.

[1a.5] Buffone, che ride, e tiene un fiasco con una mano, mezza figura in tondo simile in tela conforme Orig[ina]le del med[esim]o Carauaggio

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e al naturale sino alla cintura in ovato da testa

Stà in cornice tonda tutta dorata

Location of artwork

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

Iconclass
Categorization

Old woman; Buffoon (in general) (German: ‘Schalksnarr’)

[31D17]; [46A139]
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