Bernhard Berenson. The Central Italian Painters of the Renaissance. reprinted 1903. New York, 1897, p. 156, as in Meiningen; attributes it to Neroccio and calls it "Holy Family".
G[eorg]. Voss. "Herzogthum Sachsen-Meiningen." Bau- und Kunst-Denkmäler Thüringens. 34, Jena, Germany, 1909, p. 168, ill. following p. 168.
Paul Schubring in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. 22, Leipzig, 1928, p. 295.
Lionello Venturi. "Fifteenth Century Renaissance." Italian Paintings in America. 2, New York, 1933, unpaginated, pl. 307.
Raimond van Marle. The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting. 16, The Hague, 1937, p. 302, fig. 168, dates it between 1480 and 1492; calls it similar to a "Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Catherine" formerly in the Cremer collection, Dortmund, and later with Duveen, New York.
Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941, unpaginated, no. 120, ill., dates it about 1480.
Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. Washington, 1941, p. 140, no. 333, dates it about 1480–90; calls it closely related to the "Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Catherine" in the Stoclet collection, Brussels.
John Pope-Hennessy. "The Development of Realistic Painting in Siena—II." Burlington Magazine 84 (June 1944), p. 144, notes the influence of Vecchietta's Spedaletto altarpiece (Museo Diocesano, Pienza).
Cesare Brandi. Quattrocentisti senesi. Milan, 1949, p. 271, pl. 234, dates it between 1480 and 1492.
Gertrude Coor. Neroccio de' Landi, 1447–1500. Princeton, 1961, pp. 80–81, 85, 95–97, 122, 190–91, no. 62, figs. 51–52 (details) and frontispiece, dates it to the early 1490s, but before the "Madonna and Child with Saints" dated 1492 in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena; relates the head of the Magdalen to that of a young woman on a painted mirror frame (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).
Fern Rusk Shapley. "Italian Schools: XIII–XV Century." Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. 1, London, 1966, p. 155, no. K411, fig. 415.
Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian and North Italian Schools. London, 1968, vol. 1, p. 292.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 148, 320, 407, 430, 609.
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 226, 232, fig. 401.
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, p. 55, pl. 66, date it to the early 1490s, close in time to the "Madonna and Child with Saints" of 1492 in Siena.