List of Artworks

Research Notes: Part 1, no. 10:11, Folio 2 verso

Possibly Identified
School of Caravaggio, Woman with Pestle and Mortar (1600-29)

Possibly Identified
School of Caravaggio, Man with a Wine Flask (1600-1629)
Fig. I, 10, a
School of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610)
Title: Woman with Pestle and Mortar
Date: 1600–29
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: diam.: 68.5 cm (27 in.)
Current location: Wiltshire, U.K., Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (The National Trust) (Acquisition method: gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house, and its contents, 1946), repository no. 732309
Image Source: ©National Trust Images
Figure I, 11, b
Artist name: Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da (1571–1610)
Title: A Man with a Wine Flask
Date: 1600–29
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: diam.: 68.5 cm (27 in.)
Current location: Wiltshire, U.K., Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (The National Trust) (Acquisition method: gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house, and its contents, 1946), repository no. 732310
Image Source: National Trust Collections

There are no known original works by Caravaggio that match the descriptions in the 1680 inventory and 1681 poem, but those texts perfectly describe the two tondos attributed to the school of Caravaggio that have been in the National Trust Collections in Great Britain since 1946, coming from the collection of Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare (fig. I, 10, a; fig. I, 11, b). Nicolson attributed these two paintings to an artist from the Netherlands who was probably working with the Flemish painters Théodor Rombouts and Jean Ducamps around 1620.1 This makes it plausible that the two paintings were among the Caravaggesque works that were part of the collection of Giovan Battista Mellini during the 1620s. In the 1627 inventory, they are described as: “Un quadro tonno di un buffone con un fiasco che ride alto palmi tre / Un altro simile di una vecchia che pista la salza” (“A round picture of a laughing rustic with flask, three palms high / Another similar painting of an old woman mixing a sauce”).2 In the 1667 inventory of Urbano Mellini III, however, we find only one of these two paintings listed: “Un altro tondo senza cornice che rapp[re]senta un buffone con un frasco in mano piccolino” (“Another small tondo, without a frame, depicting a rustic holding a small flask” [folio 350 verso]).3 Neither painting appears in the inventories drawn up by Mario Mellini IV between 1732 and 1742.4

Footnotes

  • 1. Benedict Nicolson, The International Caravaggesque Movement: Lists of Pictures by Caravaggio and His Followers throughout Europe from 1590 to 1650 (Oxford: Phaidon, 1979), 35–36.
  • 2. Fausto Nicolai, “Le ‘molte pitture moderne buone’ nella raccolta di Giovan Battista Mellini (1591–1627),” Rivista d’arte, ser. 5, vol. 2 (2012): 217–35. See “Appendice” on pages 231–34 for the transcription of “Inventario dei quadri lasciati in eredità da Giovan Battista Mellini allo zio cardinale Giovanni Garzi,” in Archivio di Stato di Roma, Rome, 30 Notai Capitolini, uff. 31, vol. 118, ff. 774–90, 11 ago.1627, 233.
  • 3. Archivio di Stato di Roma, Rome, 30 Notai Capitolini, uff. 31, Landus Pinus, 1667, fols. 336r–356v.
  • 4. Archivio Serlupi Crescenzi, Rome, “Nota de quadri esistenti nelle camere di Mons.re Mario Millini,” 1732, fol. 424, in Scritture diverse della Casa Mellini dal 1522 al 1743, vol. 17, fols. 407–26; “Inventario del casino à Monte Mario, 31 settembre 1742,” fols. 208–22, in Inventario dei mobili di Mon Mario Mellini, vol. 84, 1738.