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. 18 3 verso Warfare
> Defenders of Rome
Manfredi, Bartolomeo
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. 18
Di Roma i Difensor con pio costume
Dipinti dal Manfredi un lino espone,
Ch’emulo di Natura esser presume
Physical description of artwork

Fig.e fino al ginochio al naturale, in tela di p.i 7 d’alt.a, e 5 di largh.a.

Location of artwork

Warfare, military affairs; Rome (one if the four world empires)

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Comments by authors

There does not appear to be a painting in the 1680 inventory that corresponds to this vaguely described work (“The Defenders of Rome with pious demeanor”) in Pietro's poem. The research team did not find any extant work by Manfredi that might fit this description. —Murtha Baca.