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. 42 5 recto Religion: New Testament
> Arrest of Christ
Correggio
After Correggio, Young Man Fleeing from the Arrest of Christ (ca. 1522)
  • The Betrayal of Christ, with a Soldier in Pursuit of Mark the Evangelist, ca. 1522, oil on canvas
Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 42
[1b.19]
Transcription
Sembra un Sol di bellezza in suolo aprico
Donna ignuda che fugge, e tosto è giunta
Da chi cinto di ferro appar nemico.
Opur la segue perche l’alma hà punta
Dall’amoroso stral si’io ben m’avveggio,
Benche vi sia gente a mirar congiunta
Che sia del famosissimo Correggio
Credete pur, poich’io vi svelo il senso
Di chi può giudicarne, e non vaneggio.

Donna ignuda con manto rosso, che fugge seguitata da un Soldato armato, che stende la mano per pigliarla, figure intiere, con molte altre figurine in lontananza.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e piccole intere in tela di p.i 2½ dalt.a, e 2 di lar.a

Stà in tela di p[alm]i dui, e m[ez]zo d'altezza, e dui di larghezza. Orig[ina]le del Correggio in cornice di noce, con fiori d'oro all'antica

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

Iconclass
Categorization

The arrest of Christ ~ Garden of Gethsemane

[73D314]
Comments by authors

The subject has been incorrectly described in both documents. This is somewhat understandable, as the nude figure, whose genitals are hidden by the red cloak, is quite ambiguous. The subject is in fact St. John (or one of the other apostles) fleeing from the soldiers during the Taking of Christ. A painting in the Galleria Nazionale in Parma, described as a copy after an original by Correggio, has roughly the same dimensions (66 x 55 cm, 2½ palms high x 2 wide) and can be found in Schianchi, Correggio, cat. no. III.36. The original composition is thought to have not survived. Cecil Gould’s catalogue raisonné of Correggio’s works (London, 1976), includes a list (p.286; see Bibliography) of the extant versions of the composition. —Helen Glanville