Justus Müller Hofstede. "Abraham Janssens: Zur Problematik des flämischen Caravaggismus." Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen 13 (1971), p. 250 n. 135, dates it about 1615, calling it a repetition with workshop participation of the painting in the church of Saint John the Baptist, Lage Zwaluwe, North Brabant, which he dates about 1610.
Richard E. Spear. Caravaggio and His Followers. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, 1971, pp. 114–15 n. 4, fig. 28, suggests a probable date of about 1604–5.
John Walsh Jr. Letter to Richard E. Spear. June 4, 1971, dates it near Janssen's "Allegory of Antwerp" (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp) of 1609, noting the close relationship between the angel at left in the MMA picture and Antwerpia.
Benedict Nicolson. The International Caravaggesque Movement. Oxford, 1979, p. 62 [2nd ed., "Caravaggism in Europe," Turin, 1989, vol. 1, p. 129; vol. 3, pl. 1393].
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 300, 305, 308, fig. 540 (color).
Joost Vander Auwera. Letter to Walter Liedtke. August 7, 1981, suggests that it may have been painted "some ten years after a (possibly lost) original of about 1609".
Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol.1, pp. 109–11; vol. 2, pl. 49, as probably derived from the print by Jacob Matham after Hendrick Goltzius's "Savior in the Tomb, with Two Angels"; dates it about 1609–10 on the basis of comparison with Janssen's dated works of that period.
Hans Vlieghe. "Walter A. Liedtke, Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Oud-Holland 100, no. 3/4 (1986), p. 202, dates it "not before 1620".
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. 341, no. 275, ill.
Marjorie E. Wieseman in The Age of Rubens. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, 1993, p. 216, no. 3, ill. p. 217 (color).
Peter C. Sutton. The Age of Rubens. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, 1993, p. 15, as anticipated by Janssen's "Allegory of the Scheldt River and Antwerp" (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp) of about 1609–10.
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. 144–46, 225, no. 24, ill. pp. 144 (color), 225.