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. 36 5 recto Mythology
> The river Acheron in Hades
Bramer, Leonard
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. 36
Passate l’onde d’Acheronte oscure
Leonardo dalle notti alme nocenti
Effigiò nell’infernali arsure.

Enea condotto all'Inferno dalla Sibilla fig[ur]e piccoline, doue si uede la barca di Caronte, e l'anime cruciate nel fuoco, con molte figure in aria e mostri.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e minutiss.e in rame di p.i 1 di larg.a, e 3/4 d’alt.a.

Stà in rame di larghezza d'un palmo, e d'altezza, trè quarti. Orig[ina]le di Leonardo dalle notti, in cornice tutta dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza


Acheron (river of Hades), ‘Acheronte’ (Ripa); The damned souls, and their punishment; Aeneas and the Sibyll in Hades

[93E22]; [11T5]; [96B543]
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