Inventory of Cardinal Mario Bolognetti. 1756, c. 375r [Archivio di Stato, Rome, Notai A.C., Martorellus, b. 4143; see Ref. Mazzarelli 2008, p. 202], as "S.M.Egiziaca o La Madalena" by Giaquinto, "in misure di palmi sei in circa per alto," in the "stanza verde dove S. Em.za teneva il letto".
Mario d'Orsi. Corrado Giaquinto. Rome, 1958, pp. 119, 146, no. 294, fig. 148, as in the A. Casagrande collection, Caracas; dates it to the artist's Spanish period (1753–62); notes a "nostalgia solimenesca"; mentions a small "bozzetto" for the work in the collection of dott. S. Capparoni, Rome.
Antonio Videtta. "Disegni di Corrado Giaquinto nel Museo di San Martino." Napoli nobilissima 2 (May–June 1962), p. 26, under no. 37, p. 28 n. 55, connects it with a sheet of two studies for a penitent Magdalen (Museo Nazionale di San Martino, Naples; inv. no. 20784), noting that while the drawing on the right side of the sheet clearly relates to the MMA painting, the one on the left is either a first idea for the painting or refers to a work not yet identified; dates the drawing to the artist's first years in Spain or to his last years in Italy before leaving for Spain in 1753.
Mario d'Orsi. "Prospetto di relazione." Atti convegno di studi su Corrado Giaquinto. Molfetta, 1971, p. 105, finds it very similar to a "bozzetto" of the Last Communion of Saint Mary Magdalen in the collection of Roderic Thesiger, London.
Rossana Muzii. "Corrado Giaquinto. Il nucleo grafico del Museo di San Martino." Corrado Giaquinto: il cielo e la terra. Exh. cat., Biblioteca Malatestiana and Palazzo Romagnoli, Cesena. Bologna, 2005, p. 136.
Important Old Master Paintings and the Borromeo Madonna by Donatello. Sotheby's, New York. January 26, 2006, pp. 208–9, no. 73, ill. (color), dates it to the artist's late Roman period, about 1750; believes that the frame is probably original; states that the painting was probably made as the altarpiece for a private chapel.
Keith Christiansen in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2005–2006." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 64 (Fall 2006), pp. 42–43, ill. (color), dates it about 1750, during the artist's Roman period, and states that the frame is original; remarks that "the combination of sensuality and mystic fervor seems to be a conscious reference to the work of Bernini".
Carla Mazzarelli. "Maestri eccellenti, copisti e 'quadrari' al servizio di casa Bolognetti nella Roma di Benedetto XIV." Studi di storia dell'arte 19 (2008), pp. 202–3, 206 n. 95, ill. on cover (color detail), colorpl. XX, figs. 13 (before conservation), 14 (after conservation), 15 (detail), identifies it with a picture included in the 1756 inventory of Cardinal Mario Bolognetti as "S.M. Egiziaca o La Madalena" [see Ref. Bolognetti 1756].