Paul Eudel. L'Hôtel Drouot et la curiosité en 1883–1884. Paris, 1885, pp. 405.
Paul Eudel. L'Hôtel Drouot et la curiosité en 1884–1885. Paris, 1886, p. 199.
Wilhelm [von] Bode with the assistance of C. Hofstede de Groot. The Complete Work of Rembrandt. Vol. 7, Paris, 1902, pp. 17-18, 118, no. 528, pl. 528, as by Rembrandt, painted about 1667; calls it "hitherto unknown".
Illustrated Catalogue of the Eighth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters. Paris, 1902, p. 40, no. 31, ill. p. 41, as by Rembrandt; dates it about 1667, and states that it was engraved in mezzotint.
"The Sibyl, by Rembrandt: Princess Maria Louisa Josephine by Goya." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin 3 (December 1905), p. 45, reports its loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, by Theodore M. Davis.
R[oger]. E. F[ry]. "Rembrandt's Sibyl." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1 (December 1906), pp. 162–63, reports its loan to the MMA.
Adolf Rosenberg. Rembrandt, des Meisters Gemälde. Ed. W. R. Valentiner. 3rd ed. Stuttgart, 1909, p. 561, ill. p. 386, as painted about 1656; says the figural type is that of Hendrickje Stoffels.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner. The Hudson-Fulton Celebration: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1909, vol. 1, p. 102, no. 101, ill. opp. p. 102, as painted about 1656.
Jan Veth. "Rembrandt en de Italiaansche Kunst." Oud-Holland 33 (1915), pp. 13–14, fig. 39, states that the sitter is the same as in a Rembrandt portrait of a young woman [now attributed to Willem Drost] in the National Gallery, London; believes a Sibyl by Domenichino (Galleria Borghese, Rome) served as the model for this work; agrees with Bode's date [see Ref. 1902] of about 1667.
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. 141–42, no. 214, notes that the signature and date of 1654 mentioned in the Beurnonville sale catalogue are no longer visible.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Rembrandt wiedergefundene Gemälde. Stuttgart, 1921, p. 126.
John C. van Dyke. Rembrandt and His School. New York, 1923, p. 64, pl. X-38, attributes it to Drost.
D. S. Meldrum. Rembrandt's Paintings. London, 1923, p. 204, pl. CCCCXLVIII-2.
William Howe Downes. "The Great Rembrandt Question." American Magazine of Art 14 (December 1923), p. 666.
Werner Weisbach. Rembrandt. Berlin, 1926, pp. 234, 571.
Bryson Burroughs. "The Theodore M. Davis Bequest: The Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 26, section 2 (March 1931), pp. 15–16, ill. p. 23, tentatively as by Drost.
A[braham]. Bredius. Rembrandt Gemälde. Vienna, 1935, p. 18, no. 438, pl. 438.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner. "Willem Drost: Pupil of Rembrandt." Art Quarterly 2 (Autumn 1939), pp. 308, 311, fig. 15, as by Drost.
Harry B. Wehle. "A Gift of Paintings and Drawings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 38 (June 1942), p. 161, states that it was recently attributed for a few years to Drost, but that it cannot possibly be by him; reattributes it to Rembrandt.
William M. Ivins Jr. "The Art of Rembrandt." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 37 (January 1942), p. 3, ill. p. 9, as by Rembrandt, painted about 1660.
Introduction by William M. Ivins Jr. The Unseen Rembrandt. New York, 1942, pls. 23–24 (overall and detail).
Tancred Borenius. Rembrandt: Selected Paintings. London, 1942, p. 10, fig. 9, as by Rembrandt, painted about 1667.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Letter to Harry B. Wehle. July 1, 1942, disagrees with the change in attribution from Drost to Rembrandt [see Ref. Wehle 1942].
Josephine L. Allen. "The Museum's Rembrandts." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 4 (November 1945), p. 74, as probably by Rembrandt.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Letter. April 12, 1946, reiterates his conviction that it is by Drost.
Jakob Rosenberg. Rembrandt. Cambridge, Mass., 1948, vol. 1, p. 204, 234 n. 15; vol. 2, pl. 270 (detail), as by a pupil of Rembrandt.
Ellis K. Waterhouse. Letter to Harry B. Wehle. March 15, 1952, believes it is a Dutch picture, and certainly not by Reynolds.
Eduard Plietzsch. Holländische und flämische Maler des XVII. Jahrhundert. Leipzig, 1960, p. 182, states that Valentiner [see Ref. 1939] has rightly attributed it to Drost.
Jakob Rosenberg. Rembrandt: Life & Work. rev. ed. London, 1964, pp. 326–27, fig. 270 (detail).
Hermann Kühn. "Untersuchungen zu den Malgründen Rembrandts." Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen in Baden-Württemberg 2 (1965), p. 199.
Kurt Bauch. Rembrandt Gemälde. Berlin, 1966, p. 49, states that Falck attributes it to Drost.
J[ohan]. Q[uirijn]. van Regteren Altena. "Review of Bauch 1966." Oud Holland 82, no. 1/2 (1967), p. 70, calls it in the type of Drost's female portraits, but states that the mantle is painted in Rembrandt's late manner.
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. 589, no. 438, is unsure about the attribution to Drost, but states that he "cannot see any trace of Rembrandt's own brushwork" in it either.
Benjamin A. Rifkin. "Rembrandt and His Circle, Part 3." Art News 68 (November 1969), p. 33.
Calvin Tomkins. Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1970, p. 172 [rev., enl. ed., 1989].
Wolfgang Wegner. "Symposium und Ausstellung 'Rembrandt After Three Hundred Years' in Chicago." Kunstchronik 23 (February 1970), p. 33, states that though it is attributed to Drost, it is softer than his work and not likely by him.
Werner Sumowski. Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler. Vol. 5, Nachträge Ortsregister. Landau/Pfalz, 1983–[94?], p. 3089, no. 2035, ill. p. 3166, as by Drost.
Paul Jeromack. "Être Rembrandt ou ne plus l'être." Connaissance des Arts no. 441 (November 1988), p. 108, ill. (color).
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. 106, 108–10, 112, 114–15, 119, no. 29, ill. (color), as probably painted by Willem Drost about 1654–56, possibly in Italy.
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. 66–67, 69, figs. 84 (color detail), 85 (x-radiograph), 86 (x-radiograph detail), as attributed to Willem Drost.
Jonathan Bikker. "Willem Drost (1633–1658): A Rembrandt Pupil in Amsterdam, Rome, and Venice." PhD diss., Universiteit Utrecht, 2001, unpaginated[?], no. 10, ill., as "Young Woman in Fancy Dress with a Book," by Drost; dates it 1654.
Catherine B. Scallen. Rembrandt, Reputation, and the Practice of Connoisseurship. Amsterdam, 2004, pp. 297, 375 n. 52.
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), pp. 21, 27–29, fig. 28 (Hudson-Fulton gallery photograph).
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. xi, 167, 173–77, 180, no. 39, colorpl. 39; vol. 2, p. 708, as by Drost, dating to about 1654.
Dagmar Hirschfelder. Tronie und Porträt in der niederländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts. Berlin, 2008, pp. 138, 404, no. 99.