This painting was once attributed to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, but was instead painted by his talented son Domenico, probably when both father and son were working together on the decoration of the Residenz at Würzburg.
?Caroline Ferdinande Louise, duchesse de Berry, Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi, Venice; [Léon Gauchez, Paris, and Alexis Febvre, Paris, until 1870, as by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo; sold to Blodgett]; William T. Blodgett, Paris and New York (1870–71; sold half share to Johnston); William T. Blodgett, New York, and John Taylor Johnston, New York (1871; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tiepolo and his Contemporaries," March 14–April 24, 1938, no. 31 (as "The Sacrifice of Abraham," by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 54 (as "The Sacrifice of Abraham").
New York. Union League Club. "Exhibition from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 23, 1969–January 2, 1970, checklist no. 17 (as "The Sacrifice of Abraham").
Allentown, Pa. Allentown Art Museum. "The Circle of Canaletto," February 21–March 21, 1971, no. 42 (as "The Sacrifice of Abraham").
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Venetian Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum," May 1–September 2, 1974, no catalogue.
Residenz Würzburg. "Der Himmel auf Erden: Tiepolo in Würzburg," February 15–May 19, 1996, no. 144.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Domenico Tiepolo: Drawings, Prints, and Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 23–April 27, 1997, no catalogue.
Henry James. "The Metropolitan Museum's '1871 Purchase'." Atlantic Monthly (June 1872) [reprinted in John L. Sweeney, ed., "The Painter's Eye," London, 1956, p. 58], as by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
Paul Leroi [Léon Gauchez]. "Italia fara da se." L'art 7 (1876), p. 320, mentions it as by Tiepolo's son [Giovanni Domenico].
F[ritz von]. Harck. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: Aus amerikanischen Galerien." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), p. 73.
Bernhard Berenson. The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance. 3rd ed. New York, 1897, p. 128, lists it as by Giovanni Battista.
Eduard Sack. Giambattista und Domenico Tiepolo: Ihr Leben und Ihre Werke. Hamburg, 1910, vol. 2, p. 308, no. 65, attributes it to Giovanni Domenico and dates it 1753.
Morton H. Bernath. New York und Boston. Leipzig, 1912, p. 85.
Joseph Breck. "Paintings and Drawings by Tiepolo in the Metropolitan Museum." Art in America 1 (January 1913), pp. 8, 11–12, fig. 5, attributes it to Giovanni Battista.
Lionello Venturi. Italian Paintings in America. Vol. 3, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century. New York, 1933, unpaginated, pl. 599, attributes it to Giovanni Domenico and calls it a late work.
Arthur McComb. The Baroque Painters of Italy: An Introductory Historical Survey. Cambridge, Mass., 1934, p. 127, lists it as by Giovanni Battista.
Hermann Voss. Letter. December 1935, attributes it to Giovanni Domenico, imitating his father's style; suggests that it may date from the Würzburg period, when father and son were working closely together.
Max Goering. Letter. 1938, considers it close to Giovanni Domenico, but not by him.
M[ax]. Goering inAllgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. Ed. Hans Vollmer. Vol. 33, Leipzig, 1939, p. 160, includes it, with a question mark, among works by Giovanni Domenico.
Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 288, ill., attributes it to Giovanni Domenico.
Rodolfo Pallucchini. La pittura veneziana del Settecento. Venice, 1960, p. 260, fig. 686, attributes it to Giovanni Domenico and suggests that it may date from shortly before his departure for Spain in 1762.
Adriano Mariuz. Giandomenico Tiepolo. Venice, , pp. 33, 128, 151, pl. 53, attributes it to Giovanni Domenico and agrees with Sack's [see Ref. 1910] dating of 1753; calls it probably a pendant to "The Sacrifice of Iphigenia" (Schlossmuseum, Weimar).
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 198, 256, 605.
Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Venetian School. New York, 1973, p. 66, pl. 80, date it to the late 1750s; disagree with Mariuz's [see Ref. 1971] suggestion that it is a pendant to the Weimar "Sacrifice of Iphigenia".
George Knox. Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo: A Study and Catalogue Raisonné of the Chalk Drawings. Oxford, 1980, vol. 1, p. 309, no. P.168, includes it in a checklist of paintings by Giovanni Domenico.
Linda Wolk-Simon. "Domenico Tiepolo: Drawings, Prints, and Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 54 (Winter 1996/97), pp. 14–16, fig. 17 (color).
Cornelia Syre inDer Himmel auf Erden: Tiepolo in Würzburg. Ed. Peter O. Krückmann. Exh. cat., Residenz Würzburg. Munich, 1996, vol. 1, pp. 194–95, no. 144, ill. (color), attributes it to Giovanni Domenico and dates it about 1753.
Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 217, 245, appendix 1A no. 140, ill. p. 217 and fig. 35 (installation photograph).