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.

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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. 39 5 recto Mythology
> Rape of Persephone
Scarsellino
Possibly IdentifiedResearch Notes
Scarsellino, Pluto and Persephone (ca. 1590)
  • Pluto and Persephone, ca. 1615, oil on copper

Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 39
[1b.20]
Transcription
Del Scarsellin del Dossi già discesi,
Dove non lungi al Pò sorge Ferrara
Veggonsi parti gloriosi appesi
Prosperpina del primo in doglia amara
Rapita da Pluton, che’ in braccio hà stretta
E alla fuga s’accinge, e si prepara,

Proserpina rapita da Plutone sceso dal Carro con alcune donne, che mostrano piangere il suo caso, e dui Amoretti in aria, con l'arco.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e piccole intere in rame do p.i 2½ di larg.a e 1¾ d’alt.a

Stà in rame di p[alm]i dui, e m[ez]zo di larghezza, e un palmo, e trè quarti d'altezza. Orig[ina]le dello Scarsellino, in cornice alla moderna noua tutta dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

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Categorization

Rape of Proserpina (by Pluto in his chariot)

[92N1231]
Comments by authors

The subject, media, and dimensions here correspond to a specific painting, the location of which is at present unknown. It is listed (and illustrated) as Catalogue no. 233 in Maria Angela Novelli’s catalogue raisonné of Scarsellino (SKIRA, 2008; see Bibliography). It had as a pendant a Venus and Adonis, also oil on copper and of the same size. —Helen Glanville