Carel van Mander. Het Schilderboeck . . . Haarlem, 1604 [see "Carel van Mander: Dutch and Flemish Painters, Translation from the Schilderboek," 1936, trans. Constant van de Wall, New York: McFarlane, pp. 101–2], describes Gossart's portrait of the Marquise of Veere, Anne de Berghes, and her son, posed as the Virgin and Child; states that it belonged to the Lord of Froimont in Gouda.
Ernst Weisz. Jan Gossart gen. Mabuse: Sein Leben und Seine Werke. Parchim i. M., Germany, 1913, pp. 86–87, observes that one of the best examples of the portrait is in the Weber collection in Hamburg and reproduces the Brussels version.
Max J. Friedländer. Von Eyck bis Bruegel: Studien zur Geschichte der Niederländischen Malerei. Berlin, 1916, pp. 132–33, mentions the version formerly in the Kann collection [the MMA picture] as one of the good replicas, close in handling to Gossart's work.
[F.] Winkler in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. Ed. Ulrich Thieme and Fred C. Willis. Vol. 14, Leipzig, 1921, p. 412, mentions this picture with copies after Gossart's paintings as in the Kann collection, Paris; refers to it as "eigenhändig?" [autograph?].
Tancred Borenius. A Catalogue of the Pictures, Etc. at 18 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, Collected by Viscount and Viscountess Lee of Fareham. Vol. 2, [Oxford], 1926, under no. 92, refers to our painting as a version of "poor quality".
Max J. Friedländer. Die altniederländische Malerei. Vol. 8, Jan Gossart Bernart van Orley. Berlin, 1930, pp. 16, 54, 157, no. 39a, pl. 36, lists many replicas, observing that none can be identified with certainty as the original; calls our picture one of the better replicas along with the paintings in the collections of the Earl of Radnor and Viscount Lee of Fareham.
Harry B. Wehle and Margaretta Salinger. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Early Flemish, Dutch and German Paintings. New York, 1947, pp. 142–43, ill., believe that in his discussion of the portrait Van Mander [Ref. 1604] had this picture or one of its replicas in mind because "the appearance of the Virgin accords with the drawing of the Marquise that exists in the Requeil d'Arras" (Bibliothèque Municipale, Arras).
Erik Larsen. Les primitifs flamands au Musée Metropolitain de New York. Utrecht, 1960, p. 89.
Gert von der Osten. "Studien zu Jan Gossaert." De artibus opuscula XL: Essays in Honor of Erwin Panofsky. Ed. Millard Meiss. Vol. 1, New York, 1961, p. 469.
H. Pauwels, H. R. Hoetink, and S. Herzog. Jean Gossaert dit Mabuse. Exh. cat., Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. [Bruges], , pp. 150–51, no. 22, ill., dates the lost original about 1525–30; notes that although there are numerous known portraits of Anna van Bergen, none of these portraits permits us to say for certain whether the present work is the one mentioned by Van Mander; notes, however, that the very specific features of the Virgin and Child and the resemblance of the latter to its mother suggest that we are dealing here with a portrait.
J. Bruyn. "The Jan Gossaert Exhibition in Rotterdam and Bruges." Burlington Magazine 107 (September 1965), p. 464, mentions our portrait among other "workshop productions" repeating the master's inventions, and considers the one in The Hague [Mauritshuis] a much earlier, probably authentic version.
Sadja Jacob Herzog. "Jan Gossart, called Mabuse (ca. 1478–1532): A Study of his Chronology with a Catalogue of his Works." PhD diss., Bryn Mawr College, 1968, pp. 156–57, 197 n. 31, pp. 348–49, no. 75 (the composition), fig. 86, observes that "the physiognomic similarities between mother and child in this painting are undeniable, and furthermore, there are no precise physiognomic parallels in Gossaert's other treatments of the Virgin and Child".
Jan Bialostocki. "The Eye and the Window." Festschrift für Gert von der Osten. Ed. Horst Keller et al. [Cologne], 1970, p. 164, comments on the device of the window reflected in the subject's eyes.
Max J. Friedländer et al. Early Netherlandish Painting. Vol. 8, Jan Gossart and Bernart van Orley. New York, 1972, pp. 35, 95–96, no. 39a, pl. 37.
Lorne Campbell. Unpublished text for MMA Bulletin. 1981, calls it one of the earliest and best of the surviving copies; observes that it is probably Henry, the youngest son of the Lord and Lady Veere, who is represented as the Christ Child.
Guy Bauman. "Early Flemish Portraits, 1425–1525." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 43 (Spring 1986), pp. 14–16, ill. (color).
Lorne Campbell. Renaissance Portraits. New Haven, 1990, pp. 137, 257 n. 53.
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. 24.
Véronique Sintobin in From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Maryan W. Ainsworth and Keith Christiansen. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, pp. 19, 25, 143, 192–94, no. 40, ill. (color)
, dates it about 1525.
Maryan W. Ainsworth. Gerard David: Purity of Vision in an Age of Transition. New York, 1998, p. 89 n. 53, p. 311 n. 100.
John Oliver Hand. "New York. From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Burlington Magazine 140 (December 1998), pp. 855–56, notes that not all visitors to the exhibition will find the juxtaposition of the "Portrait of Anna van Bergen" (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass.) with the MMA's Virgin and Child a convincing demonstration that Gossart used Anna's features for our Virgin.
Ariane Mensger. Jan Gossaert: Die niederländische Kunst zu Beginn der Neuzeit. Berlin, 2002, pp. 165, 172 n. 86, fig. 94.
Maryan W. Ainsworth. "Intentional Alterations of Early Netherlandish Paintings." Metropolitan Museum Journal 40 (2005), pp. 59–60, fig. 19.
Albert Châtelet. Visages d'antan: Le Recueil d'Arras. Lathuile, France, 2007, p. 277.
Lorne Campbell in El retrato del Renacimiento. Ed. Miguel Falomir. Exh. cat., Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid, 2008, pp. 266, 483, no. 57, ill. p. 267 (color) [English ed. , London, 2008, p. 132–33, no. 26, ill. (color)], dates it about 1522.
Lorne Campbell in Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian. Exh. cat., National Gallery. London, 2008, pp. 132–33, no. 26, ill. (color) [Spanish ed., El retrato del Renacimiento, Madrid, 2008, pp. 266–67, 483, no. 57, ill. (color)], dates it about 1522.
Maryan W. Ainsworth in Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance. Ed. Maryan W. Ainsworth. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2010, pp. 20–21, 81, 85–86 n. 1, p. 87 n. 32, pp. 238–40, 242, 248, 274, no. 37, ill. (color).
Peter Klein in Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance. Ed. Maryan W. Ainsworth. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2010, pp. 429, 433.
Jennifer Tonkovich. "Discovering the Renaissance: Pierpont Morgan's Shift to Collecting Italian Old Masters." A Market for Merchant Princes: Collecting Italian Renaissance Paintings in America. Ed. Inge Reist. University Park, Pa., 2015, p. 120 n. 19.