List of Artworks

Research Notes: Part 1, no. 40, Folio 5 recto

Example
Scarsellino, Madonna and Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist (ca. 1608-10)
Fig. I, 40, a
Scarsellino (Italian, ca. 1550–1620)
Title: Madonna and Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist, Madonna col Bambino e San Giovannino
Date: ca. 1608–10
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: 43.5 x 34.2 cm (17 1/8 x 13 1/2 in.)
Current location: Parma, Italy, Galleria nazionale di Parma, inv. no. 244
Image Source:
Maria Angela Novelli, Scarsellino (Milan: Skira, 2008), 149 (cat. no. 122)

Although Scarsellino painted numerous images of the Madonna and Christ child with the infant Saint John the Baptist, none of the known versions corresponds exactly to the description in the 1680 inventory and especially not to the description in the 1681 poem, in which Pietro Mellini emphasizes the attitude of the Christ child toward the infant Saint John, who appears to be giving him some kind of gift. Nevertheless, the work that is now in the Galleria nazionale di Parma (fig. I, 40, a), though of larger dimensions, represents the type of painting that could have been in the Mellini collection; it corresponds quite well to the description given in the 1680 inventory.1

Scarsellino, Madonna and Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist Fig. I, 40, b
Scarsellino (Italian, ca. 1550–1620)
Madonna and Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist
n. d.
Oil on canvas
25 x 22 cm (9 7/8 x 8 3/4 in.)
Stamford, U.K., Burghley House
Maria Angela Novelli, Scarsellino (Milan: Skira, 2008), 255 (cat. no. 250)
Scarsellino, Rest on the Flight into Egypt (ca. 1590) Fig. I, 40, c
Scarsellino (Italian, ca. 1550–1620)
Rest on the Flight into Egypt
ca. 1590
Oil on panel
32 x 25 cm (12 5/8 x 9 7/8 in.)
Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum
Maria Angela Novelli, Scarsellino (Milan: Skira, 2008), cat. no. 155

Also, if we take into consideration the description in the poem of the two infants interacting while the Madonna holds the Christ child in her arms, a version comes to mind similar to the Madonna and Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist currently in the Burghley House collection at Stamford (UK) (fig. I, 40, b). The work at the Burghley has a composition similar to that of Rest on the Flight into Egypt now in the Hermitage (fig. I, 40, c).2

There is no record of this work in the inventory of Giovan Battista Mellini of 1627, nor in the inventories of Mario Mellini IV.3,4

Footnotes

  • 1. Maria Angela Novelli, Scarsellino (Milan: Skira, 2008), 179, 309. See cat. no. 122.
  • 2. Novelli, Scarsellino, 255, 326. See cat. no. 250.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Archivio Serlupi Crescenzi, Rome, Inventario dei mobili di Mon Mario Mellini, vol. 84, 1738; Archivio Serlupi Crescenzi, Rome, “Nota de quadri esistenti nelle camere di Mons.re Mario Millini,” 1732, in Scritture diverse della Casa Mellini dal 1522 al 1743, vol. 17, fols. 407–26.

References

Novelli, Maria Angela. Scarsellino. Milan: Skira, 2008.