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. 48 6 recto Religion: New Testament
> Madonna and Child
Guercino
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. 48
[1c.41]
Transcription
La natural bellezza anco dichiara
Che disegnata è dal Guercin col figlio
La Vergin delle Vergini più rara,

M[ari]a Verg[in]e, che tiene il Bambino a sedere soprà un cuscino

Physical description of artwork

Fig.e piccoline intere in carta di p. 1 1/4 d'alt.a e 1 di larg.a

disegnata in carta col lapis rosso coperta di talco di p[alm]i uno, e un quarto d'altezza, e uno di larghezza. Orig[ina]le del Guercino da Cento, in cornici con fili d'oro

Location of artwork

Nella facciata in faccia alla porta nell'entrare nella stanza

Iconclass
Categorization

Madonna: i.e. Mary with the Christ-child

[11F4]
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