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. 37-38 5 recto Landscape
> Landscape with figures
Bonzi, Pietro Paolo
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. 37-38
[1b.24]; [4a.8]
Transcription
E vaghi a maraviglia, et eccellenti
Del Gobbo de Caracci in due paesi
Piante minute son, persone, e armenti.

[1b.24] Paese, con uarij animali, cioè pecore, e boui, e un Angelo che conduce un bambino, con altre figure di diuerse grandezze.
[4a.8] Paese doue si uedono sette figurine di Donne ballare in giro, e un Pastore sonare la picca, et altre trè fig[ur]e in un gruppo poco distanti, con due Satiretti che montano soprà un arbore.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e minute in tela di p.i 2 di larg.a, e 1¼ d’alt.a.

[1b.24] Stà in tela di p[alm]i due di larghezza, e uno, e un quarto d'altezza.
[4a.8] Stà in tela di p[alm]i dui, e m[ez]zo di larghezza, e dui d'altezza. Orig[ina]le de Gobbo de Caracci, in cornice con riporti tutta dorata.

Location of artwork

[1b.24]Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza
[4a.8] Nella stanza longa che riesce in via de Pastini, nella facciata a man dritta nell'entrare di d.a stanza

Iconclass
Categorization

Landscapes in a temperate zone (+1 landscape with figures, staffage); Animals

[25H1(+1)]; [25F]
Comments by authors

Pietro’s vague description of these two landscapes, especially as compared to the detailed descriptions in the 1680 inventory, is one of many indications that he probably did not have the paintings in front of him when he composed the poem. —Murtha Baca