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. 40 5 recto Religion: New Testament
> Holy family
Scarsellino
Scarsellino, Madonna and Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist (ca. 1608-10)
  • Madonna and Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1608–10, oil on panel
Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 40
[1c.40]
Transcription
E la Vergine ancor che assisa alletta
Il celeste Figliol mentre che grato
Del picciol Precursor gl’ossequi accetta,

M[ari]a Verg[in]e che tiene in braccio il Bambino quale guarda S. Gio[vanni], che le stà app[resso], con un poco di paese fig[ur]e piccole.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e piccole in tavola di p.i 1½ d’alt.a, e 1 di larg.a

Stà in tauola di p[alm]i uno e m[ez]zo d'altezza, e uno di larghezza. Orig[ina]le dello Scarsell[in]o fatto a imitatione del Garofalo, in cornice tutta dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

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Categorization

Mary and the Christ-child with John the Baptist (as child)

[73B831]
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