Georges H. de Loo Palais du Gouvernement, Bruges. Exposition de tableaux flamands des XIVe, XVe et XVIe siècles: catalogue critique précédé d'une introduction sur l'identité de certains maîtres anonymes. Ghent, 1902, pp. 74–75, no. 278, as an Italianizing work by a direct pupil of Massys, perhaps an early effort of one of his sons, Jan for example.
W. H. James Weale. Exposition des primitifs flamands et d'art ancien, Bruges. Première section: tableaux. Catalogue. Exh. cat., Palais du Gouvernement. Bruges, 1902, p. 106, no. 278, lists the picture to Quentin Massys but notes (p. XXX) that all attributions given in the catalogue are those provided by owners.
Max J. Friedländer. "Die Brügger Leihausstellung von 1902." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 26 (1903), p. 156, calls it the work of an important follower of Massys, and notes that it came from Spain; compares it stylistically with a Virgin and Child in a private collection, Paris, which also came from Spain.
Émile Molinier. Collection du Baron Albert Oppenheim: Tableaux et objets d'art. Paris, 1904, pp. 10–11, no. 26, pl. 23, as by Quentin Massys.
Jean de Bosschère. Quinten Metsys. Brussels, 1907, p. 125.
Max J. Friedländer. Letter to F. Kleinberger. July 23, 1923, observes that although this picture is at the high level of Quentin Massys, whose mature style it shows in many respects, he finds it difficult to place among his works, "even after renewed examination".
Max J. Friedländer in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 124, ascribes it to Massys, but in the text observes that "in some details the interpretation seems to be of a slightly later style than Matsys, for instance in the landscape, but also in the full and rounded forms of the bodies of the children [sic]"; believes that if it is by him, it must be a particularly late work.
Max J. Friedländer. "Quentin Massys." Die altniederländische Malerei. 7, Berlin, 1929, p. 125, no. 66, pl. 53, calls it an excellent picture, close to Massys, but by a younger artist.
E. M. Sperling. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Flemish Primitives. Exh. cat., F. Kleinberger Galleries, Inc., New York. New York, 1929, p. 150, no. 49, ill., as by Quentin Massys.
Bryson Burroughs and Harry B. Wehle. "The Michael Friedsam Collection: Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27, section 2 (November 1932), pp. 27–28, no. 41, ill., as School of Quentin Massys; date it about 1540–50 and note that it is not unreasonable for Hulin de Loo [Ref. 1902] to conjecture that this is an early work of Jan Massys, suggesting that Quentin's other son, Cornelis, may have painted the landscape; further comments that the landscape resembles the work of Cornelis less than it does that of Lucas Gassel.
Ludwig Baldass. "Gotik und Renaissance im Werke des Quinten Metsys." Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen in Wien, n.s., 7 (1933), p. 170, groups it among several repetitions of lost works by Massys.
Harry B. Wehle and Margaretta Salinger. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Early Flemish, Dutch and German Paintings. New York, 1947, pp. 111–12, ill., observe that the figures and landscape are so different in handling that it is obvious the painting is the work of two separate artists; observe that flesh was rendered "with such bland pink tones and enamel-like textures" only one or two decades after Quentin's death; suggest the figures may be the early work of Jan Massys and notes that the landscape strongly resembles the background of a Virgin and Child by Quentin in the Museum at Posen [Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan], but also recalls the work of Cornelis Massys and Lucas Gassel.
Maurice W. Brockwell. "A Little Known Landscape Painter: Lucas Gassel's 'Baptism of Christ'." Connoisseur 138 (September 1956), p. 18, obsserves taht his apinting, once ascribed to Joachim Patinir and now to Cornelis Massys is distantly related in style to the works of Lucas Gassel.
Erik Larsen. Les primitifs flamands au Musée Metropolitain de New York. Utrecht, 1960, pp. 86–87.
Max J. Friedländer et al. "Quentin Massys." Early Netherlandish Painting. 7, New York, 1971, p. 67, pl. 62.
A. de Bosque. Quentin Metsys. Brussels, 1975, p. 225, fig. 277, has not seen the painting, but attributes it to the workshop of Quentin Massys.
Walter S. Gibson. "Mirror of the Earth": The World Landscape in Sixteenth-century Flemish Painting. Princeton, 1989, p. 33, as perhaps an early work by a landscape specialist recently christened the Master of the Lille Sermon [see Notes].
Luc Serck. "Henri Bles & la peinture de paysage dans les pays-bas méridionaux avant Bruegel." PhD diss., Université Catholique de Louvain, 1990, vol. 5, p. 1234, no. A.10; vol. 6, p. 1475, lists it with works of the Master of the Liège Disciples at Emmaus [current name for Master of the Lille Sermon, see Notes]; suggests the figures may be by an anonymous master close to Hemessen, who, he believes produced the figures in two other paintings of the Rest on the Flight into Egypt which he illustrates (art market, Paris, 1990, and Galerie Lingenauber, Düsseldorf).
Mary Sprinson de Jesús in From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, pp. 85, 209, 211, 268–69, no. 70, ill. (color), notes that the landscape seems to anticipate the work of such later Flemish painters as Gillis van Coninxloo and Joos de Momper the Younger.
Luc Serck in Autour de Henri Blés. Exh. cat., Musée des Arts Anciens du Namurois. [Namur], 2000, p. 252.