"A Portrait of a Boy by Goya." Burlington Magazine 10 (October 1906), p. 54, ill. p. 55, as with Knoedler & Co., dated 1804.
Albert F. Calvert. Goya, an Account of His Life and Works. London, 1908, pls. 161, 163 (overall and detail), as "Portrait of a Boy".
Arts & Decoration 5 (March 1915), ill. on cover.
Loan Exhibition of Paintings by El Greco and Goya. Exh. cat., New York M. Knoedler & Co. New York, 1915, p. 21, no. 18, as "Pepito Costa y Bonells," dated 1804, from the collection of "Countess Uda [sic for Vda] de Gandomar [sic], Madrid".
A. de Beruete y Moret. Goya: Pintor de retratos. Madrid, 1916, pp. 126–27, 180, no. 254, pl. 47 [English ed., 1922, pp. 153–54, 214, no. 263, pl. 49], as "Pepito Corte"; notes that the date is so worn that it is difficult to say whether it reads 1813 or 1818, although it seems to be 1813 and the inscription and signature appear to be of a later date; calls its authenticity indisputable and locates it "outside of Spain".
August L. Mayer. Francisco de Goya. Munich, 1923, pp. 87, 190, no. 243, pl. 237 [English ed., 1924, pp. 68, 153, no. 243, pl. 237], as "Pepito Corte (Costa?) y Bonella," dated "1813 (or 1818?)," and in the collections of Andrew Mellon and later Mrs. William Haywood [sic]; doubts the authenticity of the signature.
A. de Beruete y Moret. Conferencias de arte. Madrid, 1924, p. 296, identifies Pepito as the son of a "doctor friend" of Goya.
Francisco Zapater y Gómez. Colección de cuatrocientas cuarenta y nueve reproducciones de cuadros, dibujos y aguafuertes de Don Francisco de Goya . . . publicadas por Don Francisco Zapater y Gómez en 1860. Madrid, 1924, pl. 148.
X. Desparmet Fitz-Gerald. L'oeuvre peint de Goya: Catalogue raisonné. Paris, 1928–50, vol. 2, pp. 173, 322, 331, no. 460, pl. 380, reads the date as 1808; states that the copy was made in 1906, before the original was sold [see Notes]; as in the collection of Harrison Williams, New York.
R. Gómez de la Serna. Goya. Madrid, , p. 277.
Tomás G. Larraya. Goya: Su vida, sus obras. Barcelona, 1928, p. 191, as in the Haywood [sic] collection, New York.
Esther Singleton. Old World Masters in New World Collections. New York, 1929, p. 272, ill. p. 271.
Ella S. Siple. "Art in America—Messrs. Knoedler's Exhibition." Burlington Magazine 55 (December 1929), pp. 331–32, pl. 3a.
Harry Adsit Bull. "Notes of the Month." International Studio 95 (January 1930), p. 58, ill. p. 59.
A Loan Exhibition of Sixteen Masterpieces. Exh. cat., M. Knoedler & Co. New York, 1930, p. 25, no. 11, ill. n.p., as dated 1804.
"Old Masters in New York Galleries." Parnassus 2 (January 1930), pp. 3–4.
Alfred M. Frankfurter. "Thirty-Five Portraits from American Collections." Art News 29, no. 33 (May 16, 1931), p. 4, ill. n.p.
"Field Notes: Important Goya Show at Knoedler's." American Magazine of Art 27 (May 1934), p. 280, ill. p. 281.
Helen Comstock. "Loan Exhibition of Goya's Paintings." Connoisseur 93 (May 1934), p. 333.
Ella S. Siple. "A Goya Exhibition in America." Burlington Magazine 64 (June 1934), p. 287.
Leonardo Estarico. Francisco de Goya: El hombre y el artista. Buenos Aires, 1942, p. 270, pl. 145, as dated 1813 or 1818.
Alfred M. Frankfurter. "Ex Collection Knoedler." Art News 45 (November 1946), p. 38, ill., dates it 1804.
Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. Antecedentes, coincidencias e influencias del arte de Goya: Catalogo ilustrado de la exposicion celebrada en 1932. Madrid, 1947, pp. 178, 276.
F. J. Sánchez Cantón in "Los niños en las obras de Goya." Goya (Cinco estudios). Saragossa, 1949, pp. 85–86 [reprinted, 2nd ed., 1978], dates it 1813, the year that Pepito's grandfather, Jaime Bonells, died; notes an element of sadness in this picture, which he knows only from a photograph.
F. J. Sanchez Canton. Vida y obras de Goya. Madrid, 1951, pp. 104, 171, pl. 72, is inclined to date it 1813 rather than 1818.
Valentín de Sambricio. "La exposición bordelesa de Goya, en Madrid." Seminario de arte aragones 4 (1952), p. 21, as dated 1813; identifies the sitter's parents as Fernanda Bonells and Rafael Costa.
F. M. Godfrey. Child Portraiture from Bellini to Cézanne. London, 1956, p. 45, pl. 86.
Juan Antonio Gaya Nuño. La pintura española fuera de España. Madrid, 1958, p. 174, no. 1045, reads the date in the inscription as 1808 (he notes that Mayer [Ref. 1923] considered the inscription apocryphal).
Elizabeth du Gué Trapier. Goya and His Sitters: A Study of His Style as a Portraitist. New York, 1964, p. 28, discusses it in the context of Goya's portrait of Pepito's mother, identified as Fernanda Bonells (Detroit Institute of Arts).
Xavier de Salas. "Los retratos de la familia Costa." Archivo español de arte 38 (January–March 1965), pp. 64–65, identifies Pepito's parents as Amalia Bonells and José Costa; traces early provenance of the picture.
Gaspar Gómez de la Serna. Goya y su España. Madrid, 1969, pp. 166, 285, dates it 1808.
Pierre Gassier and Juliet Wilson. Vie et oeuvre de Francisco Goya. Fribourg, Switzerland, 1970, pp. 208, 214, 253, no. 895, ill. pp. 208, 262 [English ed., 1971], tentatively date it 1813, or the year proposed for the portrait of Pepito's mother (Detroit Institute of Arts), and suggest that her father's death in this year could explain her portrayal in black; mention a Goya miniature that may also depict Pepito.
José Gudiol. Goya 1746–1828: Biographie, analyse critique et catalogue des peintures. Paris, 1970, vol. 1, pp. 175, 328, no. 662; vol. 4, figs. 1072, 1073 (overall and detail) [Spanish ed., 1969–70; English ed., 1971, vol. 1, pp. 179, 335–36, no. 662; vol. 4, figs. 1072, 1073 (overall and detail)], dates it about 1813.
Jeannine Baticle. Letter to Olivier Aaron. December 29, 1972, believes Pepito was born about 1802–3, and appears here to be about seven or eight years old; dates our portrait during the Spanish War of Independence [1808–14].
Enrique García-Herraiz. "Crónica de Nueva York." Goya (September–October 1972), p. 107, discusses this picture's first installation in the MMA collection galleries.
David L. Shirey. "A Goya Valued at $2-Million is Given to Metropolitan." New York Times (July 27, 1972), pp. 1, 22, ill., relates that José Lopez-Rey dates the picture between 1804 and 1808 because Pepito's military suit fell out of fashion after 1808, but adds that most scholars date it between 1814 and 1818 for stylistic reasons.
Everett Fahy. "European Paintings: Goya's Portraits of Pepito Costa y Bonells." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 31 (Summer 1973), unpaginated [indexed as pp. 174–75] , ill. (overall and detail), dates it shortly after 1810 and remarks that seen alongside the portrait of Manuel Osorio (MMA 49.7.71) it shows "Goya's development from a poetic eighteenth-century painter to a profoundly moving realist of the early nineteenth"; sees "direct allusions to war" in Pepito's toys.
Rita de Angelis. L'opera pittorica completa di Goya. Milan, 1974, p. 127, no. 555, ill. p. 127 and colorpl. 48, dates it "1813 [?]".
Anthony M. Clark in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 78, ill., dates it about 1813.
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 394, 398, fig. 715 (color).
José Camón Aznar. Fran. de Goya. 4, Saragossa, 1982, p. 13, ill. p. 37 (color), dates it 1813.
Pierre Gassier. Goya: Témoin de son temps. Secaucus, 1983, p. 304 [French ed., 1983], dates it about 1813.
Charles S. Moffett in Manet, 1832–1883. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983, p. 76, fig. a, cites this picture as an influence on Manet's painting, "Boy with a Sword" (1861; MMA 89.21.2), noting that in both works a child is standing among "attributes that reflect the values of adults" and that the sitters' facial expressions are similar.
Edward J. Sullivan. "Goya's 'Two Portraits' of Amalia Bonells de Costa." Arts Magazine 57 (January 1983), pp. 80–81, fig. 3, notes that the Detroit portrait of Pepito's mother is revealed by x-radiography to have been painted on two separate occasions, originally appearing in a floral, less modest dress, and later with greater sobriety, presumably after the death of her father in 1813; suggests that our portrait of Pepito was made on this later occasion.
Barbara Burn. Metropolitan Children. New York, 1984, p. 40, ill. (color).
Jeannine Baticle. "Goya portraitiste." Biennale des antiquaires no. 439 (September 1988), p. 92.
Walter Liedtke. The Royal Horse and Rider: Painting, Sculpture, and Horsemanship, 1500–1800. New York, 1989, p. 320, no. 208, ill., dates it about 1813, in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and calls it a "dismounted equestrian portrait" in which a child's play alludes to the role once inhabited by Spain's rulers
Milton Esterow. "Masterpiece Theater." Art News 89 (Summer 1990), pp. 134–35, ill., dates it about 1800; quotes Everett Fahy's description of this portrait: "I find that even though it's a child, the artist is able to express his feelings about war and the grim realities that this child is facing as he grows up in a no-longer-innocent world".
Nigel Glendinning. Goya, la década de los caprichos: Retratos, 1792–1804. Exh. cat.Madrid, 1992, p. 123, dates our portrait and that of Pepito' s mother between 1808 and 1815.
José Luis Morales y Marín. Goya: Catálogo de la pintura. Saragossa, 1994, p. 321, no. 441, ill. [English ed., 1997], dates it about 1813.
Paul Jeromack. "Goya: Truth and Enlightenment." Art Newspaper no. 51 (September 1995), p. 12.
Eleanor Sayre. "One Connoisseur's View of Goya." Goya in the Museum's Collection: Controversies and Insights. October 20, 1995, observes that the "calligraphy of the white brushstrokes on his trousers... suggest to us something of the spirit of the little boy".
Susan Alyson Stein in Goya in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1995, pp. 45, 55, 67, fig. 37 (color).
Enrique Arias Anglés. Goya. Madrid, 1996, p. 132, ill. p. 133 (color), dates it about 1813 and notes its influence on similar French impressionist paintings.
José Manuel Arnaiz. "Nuevas andanzas de Goya: Falsos y auténticos en el Metropolitan." Galeria antiquaria no. 136 (February 1996), p. 44, ill. (color), criticizes interpretion of the toys in this picture as allusions to the Spanish War of Independence.
Jeannine Baticle. "Goya au Metropolitan." Connaissance des arts no. 527 (April 1996), pp. 63, 66, fig. 9 (color).
Juan J. Luna in Goya: 250 aniversario. Exh. cat.Madrid, 1996, pp. 33, 410–11, no. 140, ill. pp. 233 (color), 410, dates it about 1813 and finds allusions to war in the picture.
Juliet Wilson-Bareau. "Goya in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Burlington Magazine 138 (February 1996), pp. 101–2, describes the sitter as a "child of the war years".
Katharine Baetjer in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture européenne. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 2006, pp. 162–66, no. 29, ill. (color, overall and detail) [Catalan ed., Barcelona, 2006, pp. 88–91, no. 23, ill. (color, overall and detail)], believes the inscribed date most likely read as 1813.
Gudrun Maurer in Goya en tiempos de guerra. Exh. cat., Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid, 2008, pp. 220–21, no. 48, ill. (color).