Noferi Laparelli. Document. April 10, 1507, fol. 271v [Archivio di Stato, Florence, Notarile Antecosimiano 11417; published and translated in Ref. Henry 2001], lists among gifts from Signorelli to his daughter Gabriella "a small picture with a half-length image of the Virgin Mary with her son in her lap with an elaborate gold background".
Charles Lock Eastlake. Notebook entry. 1857, vol. 2, fol. 5r–5v [National Gallery Archive, London, NG 22/15: 1857 (2); published in Walpole Society 73 (2011), vol. 1, p. 367], attributes it to Signorelli (see Zeri and Gardner 1980).
Otto Mündler. Diary entry. 2, September 8, 1857, p. 5v [published in Carol Togneri Dowd, ed. "The Travel Diaries of Otto Mündler, 1855–1858," Walpole Society 51 (1985), p. 165], as in the collection of Luigi Tommasi, Cortona; attributes it to Signorelli.
Robert Vischer. Luca Signorelli und die italienische renaissance. Leipzig, 1879, p. 260, as in the collection of Girolamo Tommasi; notes its resemblance to a painting in the Villa Rospigliosi, Rome (now Galleria Pallavicini, Rome).
Costanza Jocelyn Ffoulkes. "Le esposizioni d'arte italiana a Londra." Archivio storico dell'arte 7 (1894), p. 170, considers it a weak copy after the Liverpool picture.
J[ean]. P[aul]. Richter. "Die Ausstellung italienischer Renaissancewerke in der New Gallery in London." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 17 (1894), p. 240, considers it too weak to be by Signorelli.
Bernhard Berenson. The Central Italian Painters of the Renaissance. reprinted 1903. New York, 1897, p. 180, lists it as a late work by Signorelli.
Maud Cruttwell. Luca Signorelli. London, 1899, p. 131, lists it as by Signorelli.
Girolamo Mancini. Vita di Luca Signorelli. Florence, 1903, p. 180.
Lionel Cust. "La collection de M. R.-H. Benson." Les arts 6 (October 1907), p. 30, ill. p. 15, attributes it to Signorelli.
[Joseph Archer] Crowe and [Giovanni Battista] Cavalcaselle. "The Florentine, Umbrian, and Sienese Schools of the XV Century." A New History of Painting in Italy from the II to the XVI Century. 3, London, 1909, p. 83 n. 2 (continued from p. 82), lists it as by Signorelli.
Claude Phillips. Daily Telegraph (December 7, 1909), p. ? [see Exh. London 1910], states that, having been added to the exhibition at the Burlington Fine Arts Club, this picture "assert[s] its crushing superiority" over the Liverpool version.
Tancred Borenius. "La mostra dei maestri umbri a Londra." Rassegna d'arte 10 (March 1910), p. 45, calls the Liverpool painting a replica of this one.
C[ostanza]. J[ocelyn]. Ffoulkes. "Corrieri." L'arte 13, no. 39 (1910), p. 302, mentions it as a characteristic example of Signorelli's work.
Roger E. Fry. "The Umbrian Exhibition at the Burlington Fine Arts Club." Burlington Magazine 16 (February 1910), pp. 268, 273, refers to it as "a great and profoundly original creation" and calls the Liverpool version a school piece; suggests that the background is meant to be a gilded leather hanging.
A[dolfo]. Venturi. "La pittura del quattrocento." Storia dell'arte italiana. 7, part 2, Milan, 1913, p. 409 n. 1, lists it as a late work.
Catalogue of Italian Pictures at 16, South Street, Park Lane, London and Buckhurst in Sussex collected by Robert and Evelyn Benson. London, 1914, pp. 85–86, no. 43, ill. opp. p. 85.
J[oseph]. A[rcher]. Crowe and G[iovanni]. B[attista]. Cavalcaselle. "Umbrian and Sienese Masters of the Fifteenth Century." A History of Painting in Italy: Umbria, Florence and Siena from the Second to the Sixteenth Century. 5, London, 1914, p. 116 n. 5, ill. opp. p. 116, Borenius considers it superior to the Liverpool version.
Tancred Borenius. "Two Tondos by Piero di Cosimo in Sweden." Burlington Magazine 36 (March 1920), p. 103, relates it to a tondo of the Madonna and Child by Piero di Cosimo then in the collection of Oswald Sirén, Stockholm.
Adolfo Venturi. Luca Signorelli. Florence, [1921–22?], p. 53.
Tancred Borenius. "The Benson Collection." Apollo 6 (August 1927), ill. p. 65.
Luitpold Dussler. Signorelli, des meisters Gemälde. Stuttgart, 1927, p. 215, ill. p. 56, dates it between 1490 and 1495.
Frank E. Washburn Freund. "Die Sammlung Benson." Der Cicerone 19, no. 16 (1927), p. 496, ill.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of Jules S. Bache. New York, 1929, unpaginated, ill.
Walter Heil. "The Jules Bache Collection." Art News 27 (April 27, 1929), p. 3, ill. p. 31.
A[ndré]. [de] H[evesy]. "New-York." Pantheon 3 (January–June 1929), p. 196, ill. p. 190, lists it as in the Knoedler exhibition.
Tancred Borenius. "Pictures from American Collections at Burlington House." Apollo 11 (March 1930), p. 160, fig. IX (framed).
Roberto Longhi in Unknown Masterpieces in Public and Private Collections. 1, London, 1930, unpaginated, no. 14, ill., dates it to the first decade of the sixteenth century.
August L. Mayer. "Die Sammlung Jules Bache in New-York." Pantheon 6 (December 1930), p. 541.
Lionello Venturi. Pitture italiane in America. Milan, 1931, unpaginated, pl. CCXI.
Bernhard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 532.
Lionello Venturi. "Fifteenth Century Renaissance." Italian Paintings in America. 2, New York, 1933, unpaginated, pl. 278, dates it to the early years of the sixteenth century.
Hans Tietze. Meisterwerke europäischer Malerei in Amerika. Vienna, 1935, p. 327, pl. 59 [English ed., "Masterpieces of European Painting in America," New York, 1939, p. 311, pl. 59], dates it about 1510.
Bernhard Berenson. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 458.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. under revision. New York, 1937, unpaginated, no. 14, ill.
Raimond van Marle. The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting. 16, The Hague, 1937, pp. 28, 32, 104, dates it between 1484 and 1491; considers the Liverpool painting to be probably a pupil's repetition of this work; relates it to a drawing of the Madonna by Signorelli in the Uffizi, Florence.
Bernard Berenson. The Drawings of the Florentine Painters. amplified ed. Chicago, 1938, vol. 2, p. 331, relates it to a drawing by Signorelli in the Uffizi [see also Ref. Marle 1937], which he suggests may have served as a preparatory study for an unknown picture of which the MMA painting may be an "autograph abbreviation".
Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941, unpaginated, no. 117, ill., dates it about 1490–95.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. rev. ed. New York, 1943, unpaginated, no. 13, ill.
[Tancred Borenius]. "Editorial: The Bache Collection." Burlington Magazine 84 (March 1944), p. 55, pl. IIA.
Ralph Fastnedge. "A Restored Work by Signorelli at Liverpool." Burlington Magazine 95 (August 1953), pp. 273–74, fig. 33, states that the MMA and Liverpool paintings derive from the same cartoon.
Margherita Moriondo. Mostra di Luca Signorelli. Exh. cat., Palazzo Casali, Cortona. n.p., 1953, pp. 75, 77, no. 38, ill. p. 74.
Mario Salmi. "Chiosa signorelliana." Commentari 4 (April–June 1953), pp. 114–15, dates it about 1504–5, relating the design of the background to that of works executed during the first decade of the sixteenth century.
Mario Salmi. Luca Signorelli. Novara, 1953, pp. 32, 61–62, fig. 67, considers the Liverpool version an inferior repetition of the MMA painting, based on the same cartoon, but completed by a pupil.
Pietro Scarpellini. Luca Signorelli. Milan, 1964, pp. 59, 135, no. 85, pl. 85, dates it after the frescoes at Orvieto.
Margherita Lenzini Moriondo. Signorelli. Florence, 1966, p. 25, dates it to the first decade of the sixteenth century.
Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian and North Italian Schools. London, 1968, vol. 1, pp. 397, 399.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 187, 334, 608.
Sylvia Hochfield. "Conservation: The Need is Urgent." Art News 75 (February 1976), p. 27.
Edward Morris and Martin Hopkinson. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool: Foreign Catalogue. [Liverpool], 1977, text vol., p. 203, under no. 2810.
Konrad Oberhuber. "The Colonna Altarpiece in the Metropolitan Museum and Problems of the Early Style of Raphael." Metropolitan Museum Journal 12 (1977), p. 72, fig. 17, in mentioning the influence of Signorelli on Raphael, relates the head of the Madonna in this painting to that of Saint Catherine in Raphael's Colonna altarpiece (MMA, 16.30ab).
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 234, 237, 240, 246, fig. 417 (color).
Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sienese and Central Italian Schools. New York, 1980, pp. 91–92, pl. 69, date it slightly later than Signorelli's frescoes at Orvieto, probably after 1505; relate the composition to several other works by Signorelli; call the Liverpool painting either a workshop replica or a contemporary copy.
Laurence B. Kanter. "The Late Works of Luca Signorelli and His Followers, 1498–1559." PhD diss., New York University, 1989, pp. 139–41, 159, fig. 42, dates it to the close of Signorelli's work at Orvieto and calls it "one of the finest efforts of his entire career"; identifies the Liverpool painting as a later copy, probably by Signorelli's nephew Francesco Signorelli.
Laurence Kanter. "Francesco Signorelli." Arte cristiana, n.s., 82 (May–June 1994), p. 206, fig. 9, attributes the Liverpool picture to Francesco Signorelli, noting that the landscape background is typical of his work.
Tom Henry. "The Career of Luca Signorelli in the 1490s." PhD diss., University of London, 1996, p. 222 [see Ref. Henry and Kanter 2002].
Tom Henry. "Signorelli's 'Madonna and Child': A Gift to His Daughter." Metropolitan Museum Journal 36 (2001), pp. 161–68, ill., identifes it as the painting included in a document of April 10, 1507 listing gifts from Signorelli to his daughter Gabriella [see Ref. Laparelli 1507]; dates it about 1505–7.
Tom Henry and Laurence Kanter. Luca Signorelli: The Complete Paintings. New York, 2002, pp. 70, 146–47, 212–13, 259, no. 74, ill. p. 213 and colorpl. XVI [Italian ed., 2001, pp. 72, 146–47, 212, 257, no. 74, ill. p. 212 and colorpl. XVI].
Tom Henry et al. in Luca Signorelli. Exh. cat., Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, Perugia. Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, 2012, pp. 20, 319–20, no. 53, ill. pp. 22 (detail), 227 (color).
Tom Henry. The Life and Art of Luca Signorelli. New Haven, 2012, pp. 224–26, 244, fig. 210 (color).