F. Mason Perkins. "Some Sienese Paintings in American Collections: Part Two." Art in America 8 (October 1920), pp. 287–88, 291, ill. p. 285, as in the collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York; attributes it to Luca di Tommè, noting that it had been ascribed to Bartolo di Fredi; states that it was originally the main compartment of a large triptych; compares it with an altarpiece in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena (no. 51), at that time officially attributed to Lippo Memmi although also considered a work of Bartolo di Fredi, stating that the two pictures must be by the same artist.
Raimond van Marle. "The Sienese School of the 14th Century." The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting. 2, The Hague, 1924, p. 472, notes the influence of Lorenzetti, and compares it with two panels then in the Platt collection, Englewood, New Jersey.
F. Mason Perkins. "Altre pitture di Luca di Tommé [sic]." Rassegna d'arte senese 17, nos. 1–2 (1924), p. 14.
Stella Rubinstein-Bloch. "Paintings—Early Schools." Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal. 1, Paris, 1926, unpaginated, pl. XXIII.
Helen Comstock. "Luca di Tommè in American Collections." International Studio 89 (1928), pp. 57, 60–62, ill.
[F. Mason] Perkins in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. 23, Leipzig, 1929, p. 427, as an early work.
Bernhard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 313.
Cesare Brandi. "Niccolò di Ser Sozzo Tegliacci." L'arte, n.s., 3 (May 1932), p. 234 n. 1, includes it with paintings dating from about the time of Luca's collaboration with Niccolò di Ser Sozzo.
Raimond van Marle. "La scuola senese del XIV secolo." Le scuole della pittura italiana. 2, The Hague, 1934, p. 520.
Bernhard Berenson. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 269.
Brigitte Klesse. Seidenstoffe in der italienischen Malerei des 14. Jahrhunderts. Bern, 1967, p. 408, no. 395a, dates it to the 1370s or 1380s; relates the textile patterns to those found in the artist's Madonna of 1370 (Museo Civico, Rieti).
Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian and North Italian Schools. London, 1968, vol. 1, p. 225; vol. 2, pl. 371, calls it the central panel of a polyptych and illustrates it flanked by panels depicting Saint Stephen (Galleria di Palazzo Mozzi Bardini, Florence) and Saint John the Baptist (Museo Bardini, Florence).
Sherwood A. Fehm Jr. "Luca di Tommè." PhD diss., Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1970, vol. 1, p. 80 n. 71, pp. 87–89, cat., p. 15, no. 13, appendix IV, p. 86; vol. 2, pl. 30, rejects Laclotte's attribution to Niccolò di Ser Sozzo [see Ref. 1957], although noting that the picture does reveal Niccolò's strong influence on Luca; compares it with the altarpiece signed by both Niccolò and Luca and dated 1362 (Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena; no. 51); dates the MMA work between 1363 and 1365.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 113, 318, 608.
Sherwood A. Fehm Jr. The Collaboration of Niccolò Tegliacci and Luca di Tommè. [Malibu], 1973, p. 31 n. 35.
Sherwood A. Fehm Jr. "Luca di Tommè's Influence on Three Sienese Masters: The Master of the Magdalen Legend, the Master of the Panzano Triptych, and the Master of the Pietà." Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 20, no. 3 (1976), p. 333 n. 2, p. 348 n. 32.
Cristina De Benedictis. La pittura senese, 1330–1370. Florence, 1979, p. 88, calls it the center of a polyptych.
Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sienese and Central Italian Schools. New York, 1980, pp. 32–33, pl. 23, date it probably between 1360 and 1365, noting the influence of Niccolò di Ser Sozzo.
Cristina De Benedictis in Il Museo Bardini a Firenze. Milan, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 125, 227, proposes that it was originally the center of an altarpiece flanked on the left by a Saint Stephen (Galleria di Palazzo Mozzi Bardini, Florence) and on the right by a Saint John the Baptist (Museo Bardini, Florence); dates this altarpiece 1370–80; identifies Stefano Bardini as the owner of all three panels until he received export licenses for the Saint Stephen and the Madonna and Child, in 1918 and 1919 respectively [the Saint Stephen was evidently not exported, since it was included in the Bardini estate; see Ref. Berenson 1968, where these three pictures are reproduced together].
Sherwood A. Fehm Jr. Luca di Tommè: A Sienese Fourteenth-Century Painter. Carbondale, 1986, pp. 24, 84, no. 14, ill., dates it about 1362–65 and calls it the central panel of a polyptych, but is unaware of De Benedictis's [see Ref. 1984] identification of the two flanking panels, both of which he dates 1374–90.
Erling S. Skaug. Punch Marks from Giotto to Fra Angelico: Attribution, Chronology, and Workshop Relationships in Tuscan Panel Painting. Oslo, 1994, vol. 1, p. 244, 246–47; vol. 2, punch chart 7.11, figs. 26b, 117i, 355ii, 402iii, 706i (details of punch marks), based on the technical evidence of the punch marks, dates it before 1362.
Pia Palladino. Art and Devotion in Siena after 1350: Luca di Tommè and Niccolò di Buonaccorso. Exh. cat., Timken Museum of Art. San Diego, 1997, pp. 46, 76 n. 80, p. 79, colorpl. 9, dates it about 1362.
Mojmír S. Frinta. "Part I: Catalogue Raisonné of All Punch Shapes." Punched Decoration on Late Medieval Panel and Miniature Painting. Prague, 1998, pp. 226, 323, 354, 416, 438, 453, 536, 544, ill. pp. 226, 323, 536, 544 (details of punch marks), attributes it to Niccolò di Ser Sozzo and Luca di Tommè; classifies the punch marks appearing in this painting, identifying one as a modern imitation by Federico Joni.
Mario Scalini in Ospiti inattesi: opere inedite o poco note dalla Raccolta Statale Bardini. Exh. cat., Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 2006, pp. 29–33, fig. 1 (reconstruction), illustrates the proposed reconstruction of a polyptych, with the MMA panel at center, flanked by figures of Saints Paul and Peter (both Galleria di Palazzo Mozzi Bardini, Florence), and Saints Stephen and John the Baptist on the outer ends; although reproducing the MMA panel, states that the central panel of the polyptych was more probably a Madonna and Child in the Museo de Arte de Ponce (64.0270); attributes the work to Luca di Tommè and identifies it with a polyptych commissioned by the Biccherna in 1374, suggesting that it may also have been the altarpiece of the Dragomanni chapel in the church of San Domenico, Arezzo.
Ilaria Taddei in Ospiti inattesi: opere inedite o poco note dalla Raccolta Statale Bardini. Exh. cat., Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 2006, p. 38, under no. 1a, p. 40, under nos. 2a–3a, calls Berenson's [see Ref. 1968] reconstruction problematic.
Gabriele Fattorini. "Luca di Tommè, Sano di Pietro e due polittici per la chiesa di San Giovanni Battista all'Abbadia Nuova di Siena." Prospettiva nos. 126–27 (April–July 2007), p. 74.