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. 25 4 recto Portrait
> Portrait of Pope Innocent VIII
Venustil, Marcello
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. 25
[1a.3]
Transcription
Marcel Venusto delle lodi prime
Già fece degno il suo pennel, che mai
Tela non colori, che’ non si stime,
Di queste in una veneranda assai
A man giunte d’un Papa evvi l’imago,
Ch’induce ossequio in affissarvi i rai.

Ritratto di Papa Innocentio Ottauo di Casa Cybò, che tiene le mani giunte in atto di fare oratione

Physical description of artwork

Fig.a al naturale sino alla cintura in tela di p.i 3 d’alt.a, e 2½ di larg.a.

Stà in tela di palmi tre d'altezza, e // dui e m[ez]zo di larghezza. Orig[ina]le di Marcel uenusto, in cornice alla moderna tutta dorata

Location of artwork

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

Iconclass
Categorization

Historical person (INNOCENT 08, POPE) – historical person (INNOCENT 08, POPE) portrayed alone

[61B2(INNOCENT 08, POPE)11]
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