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. 43 5 verso Mythology
> Venus and Adonis
Turchi, Alessandro
Scarsellino, Venus and Adonis (ca. 1590
  • Venus and Adonis, ca. 1590, oil on copper

Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 1, no. 43
[1b.28]
Transcription
Vener trattiene Adon, e il foco immenso
Del cor gli scopre in van, mentre alla caccia
Più che all’Amor hà il suo voler propenso;
Ma di ciò’Inventor già non si taccia
Mentre Alesandro il Veronese egregio,
Che dal suo nome il cieco oblio discaccia.

Adone con trè cani, che uà a caccia ritenuto da Venere ignuda, che stà a sedere soprà un manto turchino, app[resso] della quale dormono dui // Amorini

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e piccole intere in rame di p.i 2 1.2 di lar.a e 1 3/4 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 d'Aless[andr]o Veronese, fatto a imitatione dello Scarsellino in cornice dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

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Categorization

Venus trying to prevent Adonis from going hunting

[92C4211]
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