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. 44 5 verso Religion: New Testament, Religion: Old Testament
> Salome and John the Baptist; Judith and Holofernes
unknown Flemish
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. 44
[1b.18]
Transcription
Salome ardita, che con vil dispregio
Riceve il capo del Battista, e gode
Che sia del suo danzar mercede, e pregio
Da Fiammingo pennel degno di lode
Si rammenta non men, ch’altrui si mostri
Con essa l’empietà del crudo Herode

Giudit che porge la testa dell'Oloferne alla serua m[ez]ze figure.

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e piccole sino al ginochio in tavola di p. 1 1/2 d'alt.a, e 2 di larg.a

Stà in tauola di palmi uno e m[ez]zo d'altezza, e dui scarsi di largh[ez]za Orig[ina]le di Pittor fiammengo di p[rim]a riga in cornice dorata

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

Iconclass
Categorization

Salome with the head of John the Baptist on a dish; Judith with Holofernes' head and the sword

[73C13341]; [71U42731]
Comments by authors

The 1680 inventory describes the subject as Judith with the head of Holofernes, while Pietro's poem gives it as Salome with the head of John the Baptist—another indication that Pietro was probably describing the works from memory. —Murtha Baca