Erich Schleier. "An Unknown Late Work by Pietro Testa." Burlington Magazine 112 (October 1970), p. 668 n. 52, notes that Paul Ganz informed him that he had recently acquired an unknown painting by Testa, formerly in the Castelbarco-Albani collection; states that it represents a scene from the life of Alexander the Great.
Hugh Brigstocke. "Testa's Adoration of the Shepherds in Edinburgh and Some New Thoughts on His Stylistic Development." Paragone 27 (November 1976), pp. 16, 19, 24 n. 2, p. 26 n. 24, fig. 34, places it with a group of late works which he dates in the mid 1640s, and describes it as "possibly representing a scene from the life of Alexander the Great".
John T. Spike. Italian Baroque Paintings from New York Private Collections. Exh. cat., Art Museum, Princeton University. Princeton, 1980, pp. 118–19, no. 47, ill., calls it "Alexander the Great Saved from the River Cydnus" and notes that the subject, as was often the case with Testa, was without pictorial precedent; agrees with Brigstocke [see Ref. 1976] that this picture is among Testa's last works.
Keith Christiansen in Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1986–1987. New York, 1987, p. 35, ill., concurs with Brigstocke and Spike [see Ref. Brigstocke 1976 and Ref. Spike 1980] that the picture "appears to be one of Testa's last works" and comments that the artist's depiction of the event is "at once romantic and highly focused"; notes that the two figures who bend over Alexander are based on Raphael's "Miraculous Draught of Fishes".
Elizabeth Cropper in Pietro Testa, 1612–1650: Prints and Drawings. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1988, pp. 256–57, no. 117, ill., dates it about 1648–50 and notes that the bold chiaroscuro employed is very like the effect that the artist achieves in his late etchings.
Alessandra Ottieri in La pittura in Italia: il Seicento. Ed. Mina Gregori and Erich Schleier. Milan, 1989, vol. 2, p. 900, calls it "Alessandro Magno salvato dai suoi soldati" [Alexander the Great saved by his soldiers].
Hugh Brigstocke. "Cambridge, Mass, Fogg Art Museum, Pietro Testa." Burlington Magazine 131 (February 1989), p. 177, ill., notes that it is "obviously a late work reflecting some disturbing presentiment by the artist of his own date with death".
Erich Schleier in Pier Francesco Mola, 1612–1666. Ed. Manuela Kahn-Rossi. Exh. cat., Museo Cantonale d'Arte. Milan, 1989, pp. 310–11, section 4, no. 7, ill., dates it about 1648–50; notes that the only other example of the same subject, but with a completely different composition, is a drawing by Castiglione from the 1640s (National Gallery, Washington); comments on how the artist has successfully integrated the figures with the landscape and the general atmosphere of the picture.
Important Old Master Paintings: Part I. Sotheby's, New York. January 31, 2013, pp. 172, 174, fig. 3 (color), under no. 50.