John Smith. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters. Vol. 7, London, 1836, p. 168, no. 522, catalogues a portrait of a young lady by Rembrandt from the Destouches collection, possibly this picture.
Wilhelm [von] Bode. "Neuentdeckte Rembrandtbilder." Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst, n.s., 17, no. 1 (1906), pp. 8–10, ill., as in the collection of Meyer von Stadelhofen; notes that the painting has suffered in being transferred from wood to canvas; calls it close to the portrait of Saskia in Lord Elgin's collection, and dates both works 1633; states that it is also close in manner and date to a Flora in the Schloss gallery, Paris, but that it antedates the compositions in the Buccleuch collection and the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
Adolf Rosenberg. Rembrandt, des Meisters Gemälde. Ed. W. R. Valentiner. 3rd ed. Stuttgart, 1909, pp. 553, 571, ill. p. 138, dates it about 1634.
C[ornelis]. Hofstede de Groot. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. Ed. Edward G. Hawke. Vol. 6, London, 1916, pp. 136, 138, nos. 204, 206a, as in the possession of the dealer Krämer [sic for Kraemer] in Paris; calls it a Flora with the features of Saskia; notes that it was transferred from canvas to panel [sic for panel to canvas] in 1765; dates it about 1635 and tentatively identifies it with the picture in the Destouches sale of 1794.
W[ilhelm]. Martin. "Rembrandt-Rätsel, II." Kunstwanderer (September 1921), p. 30, states that it does not belong in Rembrandt's oeuvre.
C[ornelis]. Hofstede de Groot. Die Holländische Kritik der jetzigen Rembrandt-Forschung. Stuttgart, 1922, p. 16, disagrees with Martin [see Ref. 1921], upholding the attribution to Rembrandt; notes that when he saw the picture in 1905 there was an inscription on the back stating that it had been transferred from wood to canvas in Paris in 1765.
W. R. Valentiner. "Important Rembrandts in American Collections." Art News 28 (April 26, 1930), ill. following p. 4, as in the Timken collection.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Rembrandt Paintings in America. New York, 1931, unpaginated, no. 32, pl. 32, judging by the pale grayish tone, dates it probably 1633 or 1634.
A[braham]. Bredius. Rembrandt Gemälde. Vienna, 1935, p. 6, no. 98, pl. 98.
Otto Benesch. Rembrandt, Werk und Forschung. Vienna, 1935, p. 14, calls it the earliest Flora by Rembrandt, close to the Saskia portrait of 1633 in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Emil Kieser. "Über Rembrandts Verhältnis zur Antike." Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 10, no. 4/5 (1941/42), p. 155.
Kurt Bauch. Rembrandt Gemälde. Berlin, 1966, p. 14, pl. 256, as painted about 1632/33.
Paolo Lecaldano in L'opera pittorica completa di Rembrandt. Milan, 1969, ill. p. 131, includes it among works of doubtful attribution.
Horst Gerson, ed. Rembrandt: The Complete Edition of the Paintings. By A[braham]. Bredius. 3rd ed. London, 1969, p. 555, no. 98, ill. p. 86, states that "an attribution to Rembrandt is unjustified," calling it "perhaps a work by G. Flinck".
J. Bolten and H. Bolten-Rempt. The Hidden Rembrandt. Milan, 1977, p. 180, no. 167, ill., includes it among works by Rembrandt.
Alison McNeil Kettering. "Rembrandt's 'Flute Player': A Unique Treatment of Pastoral." Simiolus 9, no. 1 (1977), p. 19 n. 3, p. 22, fig. 5, as "Saskia as a Shepherdess"; notes the questioned attribution, and states that if it is by Flinck it must date from the later 1630s.
Werner Sumowski. Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler. Vol. 5, Nachträge Ortsregister. Landau/Pfalz, 1983–[94?], p. 3099, no. 2081, ill. p. 3212, attributes it to Govert Flinck and dates it about 1637–40.
Guido Jansen in The Impact of a Genius: Rembrandt, His Pupils and Followers in the Seventeenth Century. Exh. cat., Groninger Museum, Groningen. Amsterdam, 1983, p. 156, under no. 33.
Alison McNeil Kettering. The Dutch Arcadia: Pastoral Art and its Audience in the Golden Age. Montclair, N.J., 1983, pp. 47, 61, 78–79, fig. 41, calls it the "first of the shepherdess portrayals outside Utrecht and the first of Rembrandt's pastoral compositions".
Jacques Foucart. Peintres rembranesques au Louvre. Exh. cat., Musée du Louvre. Paris, 1988, p. 57.
Walter Liedtke in Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aspects of Connoisseurship. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, "Paintings, Drawings, and Prints: Art-Historical Perspectives."New York, , pp. 15, 17, 70, 91–93, no. 22, ill. (color), as attributed to Govert Flinck; dates it about 1636–38.
Hubert von Sonnenburg. Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aspects of Connoisseurship. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 1, "Paintings: Problems and Issues."New York, 1995, pp. 28, 61, 63, 65, fig. 83 (cleaned state), as attributed to Govert Flinck.
Michiel Roscam Abbing. Rembrant toont sijn Konst: Bijdragen over Rembrandt-documenten uit de periode 1648–1756. PhD diss., Universiteit van Amsterdam. Leiden, 1999, p. 170, fig. 45.
Thomas Ketelsen in Rembrandt, oder nicht? Exh. cat., Hamburger Kunsthalle. Vol. 2, "Die Gemälde."Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany, 2000, p. 56, under no. 8.
Stephanie S. Dickey. "Rembrandt and Saskia: Art, Commerce, and the Poetics of Portraiture." Rethinking Rembrandt. Ed. Alan Chong and Michael Zell. Boston, 2002, p. 38, fig. 16, as by Govert Flinck.
Lene Bøgh Rønberg in Rembrandt? The Master and His Workshop. Exh. cat., Statens Museum for Kunst. [Copenhagen], 2006, p. 293 n. 8, under no. 38.
Inger Krog in Rembrandt? The Master and His Workshop. Exh. cat., Statens Museum for Kunst. [Copenhagen], 2006, p. 291 n. 3, under no. 34, as by Flinck.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 203–7, no. 46, colorpl. 46; vol. 2, pp. 562, 708, calls it typical of Flinck in the second half of the 1630s.
Dagmar Hirschfelder. Tronie und Porträt in der niederländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts. Berlin, 2008, pp. 191, 209, 406, no. 138, pl. 29.
Esmée Quodbach in Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections. Exh. cat., Frick Collection. New York, 2011, pp. 19, 25 n. 48.