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. 27 4 verso Religion: New Testament
> Flight into Egypt
Bril, Paul
Paul Bril, Landscape with Rest on the Flight into Egypt (1600-1626)
  • Landscape with Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1600–26, canvas

Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 27
E in un altro minor di questo a fronte
Evvi Maria, che và in Egitto, e fugge
Dell’empio Herode i fieri sdegni e l’onte

Paese, doue si uede la Mad[onn]a col Bambino soprà l'asinello, e S. Gios[epp]e a piedi, che uanno in Egitto, con altre figurine piccole.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e minute in tela di p.i 1 2/3 d’alt.a e 1½ di larg.a.

Stà in tela di p[alm]i uno e dui terzi di larghezza, e uno, e m[ez]zo d'altezza. Orig[inal]e di Pauolo Brilli, in cornicetta di pero nera

Location of artwork

Nella facciata delle finestre


The flight into Egypt: Mary, Joseph, the child (and sometimes others) on their way; Mary usually riding on ass

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