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. 20 3 verso Portrait
> Portrait of a man
Raphael or Parmigianino
IdentifiedResearch Notes
Francesco Salviati, Portrait of a Member of the Santacroce Family (1540-50)
  • Portrait of a Member of the Santacroce Family, 1540–50, oil on panel

Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 20
[1b.23]
Transcription
Di bruno pel nobil ritratto invita
I riguardanti a far stupori, e pare
Ch’habbia moto, favella, e senso, e vita.
Altri che Raffael delineare
Di pregio egual non lo potea, cotante
Sono le parti sue divine, e’rare

Ritratto d'uno uestito con ueste nera foderata di pelliccia, maggiore di m[ez]za figura, con una mano a un fianco, e l'altra, che s'appoggia alla med[esim]a ueste, uicino alla spalla del quale si uede un cauallo di pietra con una figura mozza

Physical description of artwork

Fig.a al naturale passata la cintura, in tavola di p.i 4 d’alt.a, e 3 di larg.a.

Stà in tauola di p[alm]i quattro d'altezza e dui, e tre quarti di larghezza. Orig[ina]le di Raffaelle, opure del Parmigian[in]o mà cosi eccellentem[en]te dipinto, che non si stima meno, che se fosse del primo, quando pur fosse del secondo, in cornice di noce all'antica // intagliata, et oua d'oro

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

Iconclass
Categorization

Historical persons not known by name (+ profile portrait), adult man

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Comments by authors

While the 1680 inventory says that this portrait is an original “by Raphael, or else by Parmigianino,” the 1681 poem declares that “No one but Raphael” could have painted it. —Murtha Baca