List of Artworks

Research Notes: Part 1, no. 43, Folio 5 verso

Scarsellino, Venus and Adonis (ca. 1590
Fig. I, 43, a
Scarsellino (Italian, ca. 1550–1620)
Title: Venus and Adonis
Date: ca. 1590
Medium: Oil on copper
Dimensions: 44 x 59.5 cm (17 3/8 x 23 1/2 in.)
Current location: Location unknown
Image Source:
Maria Angela Novelli, Scarsellino (Milan: Skira, 2008), 244. See cat. no. 232.

Pietro Mellini attributes this painting to Alessandro Turchi; however, in the 1680 inventory it is more specifically indicated as a copy by Turchi after a work by Scarsellino.

This is one of several instances in which the vagueness of Pietro’s description, which focuses more on emotion than on visual elements, contrasts with the much more detailed description in the 1680 inventory, leading us to believe that Pietro was describing the works from memory.

The subject, media, and dimensions correspond to a painting whose whereabouts are unknown at present. It is listed (and illustrated) as cat. no. 232 in Maria Angela Novelli’s catalogue raisonné of Scarsellino.1 Its pendant, a painting of Pluto and Persephone by Scarcellino, also oil on copper and of the same size, belonged to the Mellini collection as well.2



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