Antonio Paderna. Letter to Francesco Gambara. February 24, 1624 [published in part in Camillo Boselli, "Nuove fonti per la storia dell'arte, l'archivio dei conti Gambara presso la Civica Biblioteca Queriniana di Brescia: I. Il carteggio," Venice, 1971, p. 81], writing from Venice, mentions two paintings by Fetti—a Saint Agnes and a Savior—to be sent to Gambara.
G[iuseppe]. Campori. Gli artisti italiani e stranieri negli stati estensi. Modena, 1855, p. 202, lists "un quadro del Salvatore con alcuni angioletti" by Fetti in the Museo Coccapani.
John T. Spike. Italian Baroque Paintings from New York Private Collections. Exh. cat., Art Museum, Princeton University. Princeton, 1980, pp. 58–60, no. 21, ill., dates it about 1614, early in the artist's Mantuan period; sees the influence of Rubens in the face and figure of Christ and relates the picture to Fetti's paintings of female martyrs of 1613 in the Palazzo Ducale, Mantua; mentions another version of the composition in the Museo Tadini, Lovere.
Rolf Kultzen. "Review of Ref. Spike 1980." Pantheon 39 (January–March 1981), p. 94, refers to the version in Lovere as a copy.
Eduard A. Safarik with the collaboration of Gabriello Milantoni in Fetti. Milan, 1990, pp. 177–80, no. 53, ill. (color, and detail in black and white), identifies the red wax seal on the back as that of the Coccapani family, and suggests that the PCV in monogram refers to Paolo Coccapani Vescovo; identifies the MMA painting as the one mentioned in Paderna's letter of 1624 [see Ref.]; dates the picture about 1622, between Fetti's Mantuan and Venetian periods; sees the influence of Tintoretto; provides provenance information, stating that Federico Zeri told him that the picture was formerly in the Imperiali collection, Genoa, and the Coccapani-Imperiali collection, Modena; calls the version in Lovere a workshop copy, possibly by Camillo (?) Motta; states that an oval of this subject in lapis lazuli (lost; formerly Palazzo Ducale, Mantua) by Fetti was probably an earlier version of this same compositional scheme.
Eduard A. Safarik in Domenico Fetti: 1588/89–1623. Exh. cat., Palazzo Te, Mantua. Milan, 1996, pp. 222–23, no. 57, ill. (color).
Everett Fahy in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2006–2007." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Fall 2007), p. 22, ill. (color).