Charles L. Kuhn. A Catalogue of German Paintings of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in American Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1936, p. 36, no. 82, p. 91, no. 417, pl. XVIII, as by Lucas Cranach the Elder, in the collection of Henry Schniewind, New York; dates it about 1520, reading the wings of the dragon emblem as extended; calls it the companion to "Christ Blessing the Children" (MMA 1982.60.36); includes the Schniewind picture and the work sold in New York in 1928 [see Ex collections] separately, while noting that they may be the same painting.
Franziska Schmid in Reallexikon zur Deutschen Kunstgeschichte. Ed. Ernst Gall and L. H. Heydenreich. Vol. 4, Stuttgart, 1958, col. 798, mentions it as an example of the representation of Christ and the adulteress, noting that the wide, knee-length format is new, but that Cranach's circle also painted a full-length version of the subject.
Guy C. Bauman in The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, pp. 101–4, no. 36, ill. (color), states that the agreement in style and format indicates that the two MMA panels must have been conceived together and dates them to the mid-1640s, noting that it is especially difficult to distinguish between the work of Lucas Cranach the Elder and the Younger in paintings of this period; mentions that Lucas the Younger's painting "Saint John the Baptist Preaching" (Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig), dated 1549, is very close in style to the two MMA panels; mistakenly identifies the two MMA pictures with two copies after them in Gotha [see Notes]; states that at least sixteen versions of this subject by Cranach and his workshop survive; notes that the compositions of both MMA panels are unique among the surviving versions.
Guy Bauman in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1983–1984. New York, 1984, pp. 57–58, ill., states that these two panels exemplify the influence of the Lutheran Reformation on Cranach's imagery.
Peter Klein. Letter to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. April 3, 2006, identifies the wood of the panel as beech, set into a mahogany panel.
Ewa Wilkojc. "Christ Blessing the Children" by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the Collection of the Wawel Royal Castle: Study and Conservation. Kraków, 2012.
Joshua Waterman in German Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1350–1600. New Haven, 2013, pp. 98–102, 294–95, no. 22A, ill. (color) and fig. 83 (x-radiograph detail).