Catalogo di quadri esistenti in casa il Signor D.n Giovanni D.r Vianelli, canonico della cattedrale di Chioggia. Venice, 1790, p. 28, as by Bartolomeo Vivarini.
Georg Pudelko. "Ein Petrus-Martyr-Altar des Antonio Vivarini." Pantheon 20 (September 1937), pp. 283–86, fig. 3, attributes it to Antonio Vivarini; connects it with three additional scenes from the life of Saint Peter Martyr (two in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, and one in the Art Institute of Chicago) [see Notes], suggesting that the four panels originally formed part of a large altarpiece from the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice; calls them late works, dating them between 1458 and 1462.
Art in America 26 (April 1938), p. 92, ill. p. 89.
"New Metropolitan Pictures." Art News 36 (Janauary 15, 1938), p. 13.
Margaretta M. Salinger in "A Gift of Two Italian Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 33 (January 1938), pp. 8–10, ill., dates it to the 1460s.
Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, pp. 173–74, ill.
Roberto Longhi. Viatico per cinque secoli di pittura veneziana. Florence, 1946, pp. 50–51, pl. 27, calls it a miracle of Saint Vincent Ferrer; dates it between 1450 and 1460.
Giuseppe Fiocco. "Le pitture venete del Castello di Konopiste." Arte veneta 2 (1948), pp. 20, 25, fig. 20, accepts Pudelko's [see Ref. 1937] grouping of the four panels, and his suggested provenance of SS. Giovanni e Paolo; tentatively attributes them to Antonio Vivarini and tentatively identifies the saint as either Peter Martyr or Vincent Ferrer.
Luigi Coletti. Pittura veneta del Quattrocento. Novara, 1953, p. XXIX, pl. 52b, attributes it to Antonio Vivarini, dates it possibly after 1450, and identifies the saint as Vincent Ferrer.
Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Venetian School. London, 1957, vol. 1, p. 198, pl. 83, lists it as by Antonio Vivarini.
Rodolfo Pallucchini. I Vivarini. Venice, , pp. 27–29, 97–98, fig. 22, adds a panel depicting the funeral of Saint Peter Martyr (Mario Crespi, Milan) to the series; dates the panels close to the dismembered Santa Monica altarpiece of about 1441.
Fern Rusk Shapley. "Italian Schools: XV–XVI Century." Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. 2, London, 1968, pp. 31–32, no. K1116, fig. 71, adds two more panels to the series, "Peter Martyr Exorcising a Demon Disguised as the Madonna and Child" (sold, Palais Galliéra, Paris, April 11, 1962, no. 7) and "The Virgins Appearing to Peter Martyr" (sold, Palais Galliéra, Paris, June 27, 1963, no. 216), noting that a now lost eighth panel depicting the death of the saint probably completed the series; states that the scenes probably flanked a central panel depicting a full-length figure of the saint; remarks that a date of about 1450/60 is generally accepted.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 211, 444, 607.
Fern Rusk Shapley. "Italian Schools: XVI–XVIII Century." Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. 3, London, 1973, p. 389, Addenda.
Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Venetian School. New York, 1973, pp. 89–90, pl. 100, date it to the 1450s; state that the central panel was probably either a painted or sculpted full-length figure of Saint Peter Martyr.
George Kaftal with the collaboration of Fabio Bisogni. Iconography of the Saints in the Painting of North East Italy. Florence, 1978, col. 848.
George Bisacca and Laurence B. Kanter in Italian Renaissance Frames. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1990, p. 19, fig. 11.
Christopher Lloyd. Italian Paintings before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Collection. Chicago, 1993, pp. 296, 298–99, fig. 3, dates the panels to the 1440s; believes that all the panels originally had trefoil-shaped frames with cusped arches; suggests a comparison with the four altarpieces dedicated to Dominican saints painted for the church of San Domenico in Modena by Simone Lamberti and the degli Erri.
Patricia Meilman. Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice. Cambridge, 2000, p. 16.