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 2, no. 1 7 verso Religion: Old Testament
> David's Triumph
Manfredi, Bartolomeo
No artwork identified
Placeholder graphic indicates no artwork was identified.
Comparison to 1680 inventory
1681 Rhyming verse inventory 1680 Conventional inventory
Item No. Part 2, no. 1
[4a.1]
Transcription
Fir incontro a David stuol di donne
A festeggiar del Filisteo Gigante
Spento il poter dalla sua mano imbelle
Opera è del Manfredi, è il trionfante
Sostener co’ la destra il teschio espresse
Nobil trofeo della sua fè constante.

Dauid con la testa ucisa di Golia tenuta con una mano per i capelli, con quattro donzelle, che sonano uarij instrum[en]ti figure in piedi al par del uiuo

Physical description of artwork

n.º 1 Figure al par del vero, in tela di palmi 8 d'alt.za, e 6 di largh.a

Stà in tela di p[alm]i otto d'altezza, e sei di larghezza Originale del Manfredi, in cornice grande tutta dorata

Location of artwork

Nella stanza longa che riesce in via de Pastini, nella facciata a man dritta nell'entrare di d.a stanza

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Categorization

David's Triumph: The women of Israel come out to welcome David, singing. Dancing, and playing tambourines and lyres, David holding the head of Goliath; David with Goliath's head

[71H1521]; [71H145]
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