Emile Bertaux. "Correspondence d'Angleterre: L'exposition espagnole de Londres." Gazette des beaux-arts, 4th ser., 11 (1914), p. 252, attributes this panel to Juan de Flandes; mentions it as a recent purchase of Sir Francis Cook.
Maurice W. Brockwell in A Catalogue of the Paintings at Doughty House, Richmond, & Elsewhere in the Collection of Sir Frederick Cook, Bt., visconde de Monserrate. 3, London, 1915, pp. 124, 126, no. 490, ill., attributes it to Juan de Flandes and dates it about 1480.
José Moreno Villa. "Un pintor de la Reina Católica." Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones 25 (December 1917), pp. 276, 278–80, ill., as by Juan de Flandes, from the same period as his predella panels at the chapel of the University of Salamanca.
[Friedrich] Winkler in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. 19, Leipzig, 1926, p. 279, ascribes it to Juan de Flandes.
Max J. Friedländer. "Juan de Flandes." Der Cicerone 22 (1930), p. 4, ill. p. 2.
Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón. "El retablo de la Reina Católica." Archivo español de arte y arqueología 6 (1930), p. 113, attributes it to Juan and suggests it may be part of the series of saints in Queen Isabella's oratory.
Chandler Rathfon Post. "The Hispano-Flemish Style in Northwestern Spain." A History of Spanish Painting. 4, Cambridge, Mass., 1933, part 1, pp. 41, 48, attributes it to Juan de Flandes and suggests that the composition of Saint Michael was inspired by Martin Scholgauer's engraving of the subject
J. V. L. Brans. Isabel la Católica y el arte hispano-flamenco. Madrid, 1952, p. 93 n. 43.
Juan Antonio Gaya Nuño. La pintura española fuera de España. Madrid, 1958, p. 147, no. 746.
Jan V. L. Brans. Vlaamse schilders in dienst der koningen van Spanje. Louvain, 1959, p. 191 n. 58.
Colin Eisler. "Juan de Flandes's Saint Michael and Saint Francis." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 18 (December 1959), pp. 128–37, ill. (overall and details), dates it on stylistic grounds to the artist's middle period, between 1505 and 1509; rejects the hypothesis that the panel was once a part of the retable in Queen Isabella's oratory [see Ref. Sánchez Cantón 1930] and agrees with Haverkamp-Begemann [see Ref. 1959] that our picture may have been a part of the retable for the university chapel in Salamanca; notes that of the four narrow blue borders surrounding the picture those at the bottom and the right and their supporting strips of wood are recent additions, suggesting that our panel was probably sawn away from the lowermost pictorial register of a retablo, forming the left section of a series of saints standing in a gilded arcade; relates the reflections of fortifications on the shield of Saint Michael to Juan's Netherlandish heritage; observes that the depiction of Saint Michael with pale blue alb, rather than body armor, stresses the purely ceremonial nature of his combat with evil.
"Review of the Year 1958–59." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 18 (October 1959), pp. 37, 40, ill., note the curious lack of violence in the scene in which Saint Michael transfixes the writhing dragon with a thin, almost insubstantial lance; suggest that the saint's shield reflects the depths of Hell.
Elisa Bermejo. Juan de Flandes. Madrid, 1962, pp. 31–32, 44, no. 44, pl. 44, dates it between 1505–1509, during Juan's stay in Salamanca.
Jacqueline Folie. "Les oeuvres authentifiées des primitifs flamands." Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique Bulletin 6 (1963), p. 241 n. 2.
Ignace Vandevivere. La cathédrale de Palencia et l'église paroissiale de Cervera de Pisuerga [Les primitifs flamands I. Corpus de la peinture des anciens pays-bas méridionaux au quinzième siècle, vol. 10]. Brussels, 1967, pp. 43–44, 46, 51, lists it as a shutter fragment from the altarpiece of the University of Salamanca; suggests eschatological significance for the reflection on Saint Michael's shield and compares it with reflections in several other paintings by the artist.
Ann Tzeutschler Lurie. "Birth and Naming of Saint John the Baptist, Attributed to Juan de Flandes: A Newly Discovered Panel from a Hypothetical Altarpiece." Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 63 (May 1976), pp. 123, 133 n. 5, ill. (detail of the reflection in Saint Michael's shield).
Jan Bialostocki. "Man and Mirror in Painting: Reality and Transience." Studies in Late Medieval and Renaissance Painting in Honor of Millard Meiss. New York, 1977, vol. 1, p. 64; vol. 2, ill. p. 24, figs. 3, 4 (overall and detail), notes that while the group of the Archangel and the dragon is detached from its original context, the Last Judgment, the reflection on the shield depicts Hell, seen through the iron bars of its famous gate.
Elisa Bermejo and Javier Portús. Los genios de la pintura española. Madrid, 1984, pp. 88–89, no. 25, ill., date it 1505–7.
Ignace Vandevivere. Juan de Flandes. Exh. cat., Memlingmuseum. Bruges, 1985, pp. 66–67, mentions it in relation to a bust-length fragmentary panel of Saint Andrew (Museo Provincial, Salamanca), which she believes is from the same altarpiece at the university chapel in Salamanca; cites archival evidence, according to which that altarpiece was completed on July 10, 1507, although the following year Juan made some improvements on it.
Ignace Vandevivere. Juan de Flandes. Exh. cat., Museo Nacional del Prado. [Madrid], 1986, p. 87.
Introduction by James Snyder in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Renaissance in the North. New York, 1987, pp. 12, 42–43, ill. (color).
Elisa Bermejo. "Novedades sobre Juan de Flandes, el Maestro de la Leyenda de la Magdalena y Jan de Beer." Archivo español de arte 61 (July–September 1988), p. 232.
Elisa Bermejo and Javier Portús. Juan de Flandes. Madrid, 1988, pp. 88–89, colorpl. 25.
Jan Bialostocki. "Man and Mirror in Painting: Reality and Transience." The Message of Images: Studies in the History of Art. Vienna, 1988, p. 97, ill. (overall and detail of shield), notes that while the group of the Archangel and the dragon is detached from its original context—the Last Judgment—the reflection on the shield depicts hell, seen through the ron bars of its famous gate
Introduction by Walter A. Liedtke in Flemish Paintings in America: A Survey of Early Netherlandish and Flemish Paintings in the Public Collections of North America. Antwerp, 1992, p. 345, no. 302, ill.
Paul Eeckhout in Les primitifs flamands et leur temps. Louvain-la-Neuve, 1994, p. 581, mentions it in relation to Memling's introduction of the mixture of sculpture, monochrome, and figures from life.
Della Clason Sperling in From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, pp. 26, 330–31, 397, no. 86, ill. (color), dates the picture about 1505–9; suggests that it could have belonged to a colonnade of saints in niches surrounding a narrative scene; notes that the bluish green border, which surrounds the gold is not original.
Pilar Silva Maroto. Juan de Flandes. Salamanca, 2006.
Maryan W. Ainsworth. "Juan de Flandes, Chameleon Painter." Invention: Northern Renaissance Studies in Honor of Molly Faries. Turnhout, Belgium, 2008, pp. 105, 111, 113, 115, 117, 123 n. 20, colorpl. 20 (overall), figs. 2, 5 (infrared reflectogram detail), of the three paintings by Juan de Flandes in the Museum's collection considers it the example "that most clearly reflects the style and technique of his adopted Spanish home"; notes that the "deeply saturated colors, imperceptible brushwork, and multiple thin glazes" that derive from his Netherlandish training have been replaced with relatively subdued, opaque color, and a broader handling that provides his figures with greater monumentality; doubts our panel belonged to the altarpiece commissioned in 1505 for Salamanca University, but judging from its figure style, technique, and handling believes it was part of a similar altarpiece produced about 1505.