Lady [Sydney] Morgan. The Life and Times of Salvator Rosa. London, 1824, vol. 2, p. 373, lists it as "A Sorceress" by Salvator Rosa in the Ghigi [sic] Palace, Rome.
Roberto Longhi. "Ultimi studi sul Caravaggio e la sua cerchia." Proporzioni 1 (1943), p. 29, fig. 66, as in the collection of Andrea Busiri-Vici, Rome; attributes it to Paulus Bor and dates it about 1620–30.
Vitale Bloch. "Orlando." Oud-Holland 64 (1949), pp. 107–8, figs. 3 and 4 (overall and detail), identifies an Enchantress in a private collection, Zürich (now Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), as the pendant to this work.
J[ohan]. Q[uirijn]. van Regteren Altena. "Paulus Bor of Jacques de Gheyn Junior?" Oud-Holland 64 (1949), pp. 108–9, notes a strong resemblance between the MMA painting and its companion published by Bloch [see Ref. 1949] and the works of Jacques de Gheyn the Younger, suggesting that a close relationship may have existed between Bor and de Gheyn.
G[offredo]. J. Hoogewerff. De Bentvueghels. The Hague, 1952, p. 151, pl. 13.
Roberto Longhi. "Caravaggio en de Nederlanden." Paragone 33 (September 1952), pp. 57–58.
Vitale Bloch. "I Caravaggeschi a Utrecht e Anversa." Paragone 33 (September 1952), p. 19, believes that it probably dates from the same period as the artist's "Soothsayer" (Centraal Museum, Utrecht), which is dated 1641.
Benedict Nicolson. "Caravaggio and the Netherlands." Burlington Magazine 94 (September 1952), p. 252, dates it "very shortly before" the Utrecht "Soothsayer" of 1641.
E[llis]. K. Waterhouse. "Artists in Seventeenth-Century Rome." Burlington Magazine 97 (July 1955), p. 222, calls it "Après-midi d'une sorcière".
Denis Mahon and Denys Sutton. Artists in 17th Century Rome. Exh. cat., Wildenstein. London, 1955, pp. 11–12, no. 9, ill., suggest that the subject may be Circe, relating it to Dosso Dossi's painting of the same subject (Galleria Borghese, Rome); note that the figure's shoulder and arm echo those of Caravaggio's "Saint Catherine" (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid); observe that similar decorative motifs occur in the 1642 title page for a set of eight etchings of dogs by Jan Fyt (Bartsch IV, nos. 9–16), considering that Bor and Fyt may have contributed to Piranesi's style.
Denis [sic] Sutton. "Artisti nella Roma seicentesca." Paragone 6 (November 1955), p. 25.
Günter Bandmann. Melancholie und Musik: Ikonographische Studien. Cologne, 1960, p. 76, pl. 29, dates it about 1620–30.
Jakob Rosenberg and Seymour Slive in Dutch Art and Architecture: 1600 to 1800. Baltimore, 1966, p. 170, pl. 151A, tentatively date it about 1640; call the figure characteristic of draped women in Bor's work: "plump, neckless, and rather lethargic".
Jakob Rosenberg and Seymour Slive in Dutch Art and Architecture: 1600 to 1800. rev. ed. Harmondsworth, England, 1972, p. 298, fig. 237.
Malarstwo Obce z zasobów magazynowych: Katalog Wystawy. Poznan, Poland, 1972, p. 10, under no. 6.
John Walsh Jr. "New Dutch Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum." Apollo 99 (May 1974), pp. 346, 348–49 n. 17, fig. 11 and ill. on cover (color), suggests that "Bor may well have intended her as a nameless member of the species enchantress, traditionally melancholic"; does not believe that the Amsterdam picture is a pendant to this work.
Anthony M. Clark in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 93, ill.
Joachim Wolfgang von Moltke. "Die Gemälde des Paulus Bor von Amersfoort." Westfalen 55 (1977), pp. 150–51, 157, 159, no. 9, fig. 102, considers it the pendant to the Amsterdam painting; notes that the same brocade material is seen in Bor's "Magdalen" (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) and "Jesus in the Temple" (Centraal Museum, Utrecht).
Benedict Nicolson. The International Caravaggesque Movement. Oxford, 1979, p. 24 [2nd ed., rev. and enl. by Luisa Vertova, "Caravaggism in Europe," Turin, 1989, vol. 1, p. 66; vol. 3, pl. 1639], as "Sorceress (?Circe)" and possibly the pendant to "Mythological Figure (?Pomona)" in Amsterdam.
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 322, 333, fig. 579 (color).
H. E. C. Mazur-Contamine. "Twee 'tovenaressen' van Paulus Bor." Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum 29, no. 1 (1981), pp. 6–8 nn. 7, 10, fig. 2, identifies the subject as the disillusioned Medea and dates the work about 1640; considers it the pendant to the Amsterdam painting, which he identifies as depicting another subject from Ovid's "Heroides": "Cydippe with Acontius's Apple".
Peter C. Sutton. A Guide to Dutch Art in America. Grand Rapids, Mich., 1986, p. 180.
Cornelia Moiso-Diekamp. Das Pendant in der holländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts. PhD diss., Universität Köln. Frankfurt, 1987, pp. 307–8, no. B1, tentatively adopts Mazur-Contamine's [see Ref. 1981] identification of the subjects of the MMA and Amsterdam pictures and agrees that they are probably pendants.
Ad Bercht. "Paulus Bor: De Schilderijen." Master's thesis, Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht, 1991, pp. 27, 29, 31–33, 35–40, no. 12, fig. 16.
Peter van den Brink in Het Gedroomde Land: Pastorale Schilderkunst in de Gouden Eeuw. Exh. cat., Centraal Museum, Utrecht. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1993, pp. 132, 135 n. 7, fig. 16.1, under no. 16, agrees with Mazur-Contamine's [see Ref. 1981] identification of the subject as the disillusioned Medea and dating of about 1640.
Seymour Slive. Dutch Painting 1600–1800. New Haven, 1995, p. 230, fig. 310.
Quentin Buvelot in Jacob van Campen: Het klassieke ideaal in de Gouden Eeuw. Amsterdam, 1995, p. 252 n. 47, calls it the disillusioned Medea and notes J. G. van Gelder's unpublished attribution of the picture to Jacob van Campen.
Dennis P. Weller. Sinners & Saints, Darkness and Light: Caravaggio and His Dutch and Flemish Followers. Exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art. Raleigh, 1998, pp. 90–92, 212, no. 9, ill. (in color and black and white), rejects the identification of the figure as Medea as well as the idea of the work as pendant to the Amsterdam picture; dates it to the late 1630s.
Jeroen Giltaij in Dutch Classicism in Seventeenth-Century Painting. Exh. cat., Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Rotterdam, 1999, pp. 144, 146, fig. 20b, under no. 20, calls it "The Disillusioned Medea" but questions the idea of the MMA and Amsterdam pictures as pendants.
Old Master Paintings. Sotheby's, Amsterdam. May 14, 2002, p. 70, under no. 48, calls it "Medea Mourning over the Desertion of Jason" and notes that it includes the same pedestal seen in Bor's "The Annunciation" (no. 48).
Görel Cavalli-Björkman. Dutch and Flemish Paintings. Vol. 2, Dutch Paintings c. 1600–c. 1800. Stockholm, 2005, p. 101, fig. 2.
Pierre Rosenberg. Only in America: One Hundred Paintings in American Museums Unmatched in European Collections. Milan, 2006, pp. 13, 102–3, 228, ill. (color).
Walter Liedtke in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture européenne. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 2006, pp. 76–80, no. 12, ill. (color, overall and detail) [Catalan ed., Barcelona, 2006, pp. 46–49, no. 9, ill. (color, overall and details)].
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), p. 59, fig. 67 (color).
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. xi, 54–61, no. 12, colorpl. 12, calls it "The Disillusioned Medea ('The Enchantress')" and concludes that it is a pendant to the "Cydippe with Acontius's Apple" in Amsterdam.
Jonathan Bikker in Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Ed. Jonathan Bikker. Vol. 1, Artists Born Between 1570 and 1600. Amsterdam, 2007, pp. 72–73, fig. 24a, supports the possibility that the MMA and Amsterdam works are pendants, suggesting that "Bor, whose iconography and figure style are so idiosyncratic, was not overly concerned about producing mirror-image pairs"; states that both works "could be from as late as the end of the 1640s or the beginning of the 1650s".
Frans Grijzenhout. "Ferdinand Bol's 'portrait historié' in the Hermitage: Identification and Interpretation." Simiolus 34, no. 1 (2009/2010), p. 46, fig. 10.