Bernard Berenson in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 60, attributes it to an unknown north Italian painter, noting that Friedsam apparently acquired it as by Moroni.
Bryson Burroughs and Harry B. Wehle. "The Michael Friedsam Collection: Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27, section 2 (November 1932), pp. 41–42, no. 70 or 71.
Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 165, ill., notes the influence of Moroni, Moretto, and Romanino.
Luigi Coletti. Letter. December 29, 1949, suggests an attribution to Leandro Bassano.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 226, 521, 607, as by an unknown Italian painter of the sixteenth century.
Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Unpublished manuscript for catalogue of North Italian paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. n.d. [ca. 1980], call it probably Lombard, but add that the handling and colors indicate a connection with the provincial Venetian school.