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. 28 4 verso Religion: New Testament
> The Adoration of the Christ-child
Bordone, Paris
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. 28
[1b.12]
Transcription
Anco l’istessa, che d’Amor si strugge,
E l’Divin pargoletto adora humile,
Trà l’asinello, e l’animal che mugge.
Paris Bordon di celebrato stile
Al caro sposo effiggiola appresso,
E ad un che bianco è per età senile;

Presepe, oue si uede il Bambino sopra un cuscino, e S. Gio[vanni] che li fà carezze, con la Mad[onn]a S. Gio[sepp]e S. Agostino, e S. Anna, che stanno in ginochi a guardarlo, e due Pastori in un Paese, con altre figurine sopra certi archi di loggia

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e piccoline in tela di p.i 3 d’alt.a, e 2 di larg.a

Stà in tela di p[alm]i trè d'altezza, e dui di larghezza. Orig[ina]le di Paris Bordone, in cornice noua sgusciata tutta dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

Iconclass
Categorization

Adoration of the Christ-child ~ Christ’s birth

[73B2]
Comments by authors

The iconography as described in the 1680 inventory is somewhat unusual. The white-haired man might be St. Zachary, not St. Augustine. —Murtha Baca

The white-haired man is probably Joachim, the husband of Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary. —Francesca Cappelletti