Inventario dei beni dell'eredità del cardinale Silvio Valenti Gonzaga. September 2, 1756, c. 795v–796r, no. 688 [Archivio di Stato, Rome; published in "Ritratto di una collezione: Pannini e la Galleria del Cardinale Silvio Valenti Gonzaga," exh. cat., Milan, 2005, p. 348; Getty no. I-4144, with date as September 7], calls this work a portrait of Pope Benedict XIV by Subleyras, "Altro quadro alto palmi tre [h. 67 cm], rappresentante ritratto di Nostro Signore Benedetto XIV . . . dipinto da Mr. Sublera scudi 10" [probably our picture].
Stato attivo e passivo dell'eredità di Roma del Card.le Silvio Valenti . . . 1777, no. 509 [Archivio di Stato, Mantua, Notaio Angelo Amadei, 1777; see published in "Ritratto di una collezione: Pannini e la Galleria del Cardinale Silvio Valenti Gonzaga," exh. cat., Milan, 2005, p. 315; Getty no. I-4145], describes it as a "Quadro di palmi 3. per alrezza, e palmi 2., once 3. per larghezza, rappresentante Ritratto di Papa Benedetto XIV., in busto, in tela, del Subleras." [a painting 67 cm high by 50 cm wide, depicting Pope Benedict XIV, bust length, on canvas, by Subleyras] (probably our picture).
Odette Arnaud. "Catalogue de l'œuvre de Subleyras." Les peintres français du XVIIIe siècle: histoire des vies et catalogue des œuvres. Ed. Louis Dimier. Paris, 1930, p. 83, under no. 133, lists as no. 133 a portrait of Benedict XIV (64 x 49 cm) in the Manzi [sic for Mansi] collection in Lucca and mentions an early replica with G. Christin in Nyon [Switzerland], purchased in June 1911 from "l'amiral Comte de Saint-Bon" in Italy; adds that the Christin replica is inscribed on its reverse: "Pietro Subleiras, 1746"; mentions another early copy at Versailles (no. 4494).
Olivier Michel and Pierre Rosenberg. Subleyras, 1699–1749. Exh. cat., Musée du Luxembourg. Paris, 1987, pp. 252–53, mention the bust portrait in the Mansi collection, Lucca, and the replica [our picture] with G. Christin mentioned by Arnaud [Ref. 1930]; tentatively identify the latter with a portrait on the art market in 1889 that bore a different inscription on its reverse; note that Anthony Clark "prudently" attributed the Munich pastel to Subleyras in a written communication.
Important Old Master Paintings. Sotheby's, New York. January 29, 2009, pp. 194–95, no. 73, ill. (color, overall and detail), identifies this portrait as the example sold by the comte de Saint-Bon to Christin in 1911 [see Ref. Arnaud 1930].
Paul Jeromack in "Met Nets Sotheby's Subleyras." Artnet. March 11, 2009, ill. (color) [http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/new/jeromack/jeromack3-11-09.asp], calls it "perhaps the most human and beautiful portrait by the artist".
Alexandra Peers. "The Met Drops a Cool Million for an Old Master." New York Magazine online. March 12, 2009, ill. (color) [http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/03/the_met_drops_a_cool.html].
"Un portrait de Benoît XIV par Subleyras entre au Met." Tribune de l'art. March 12, 2009, ill. (color) [http:///www.latribunedelart.com/Nouvelles_Breves_2009/03_09/Subleyras_Metropolitan_988.htm].
Francesco Petrucci. Pittura di Ritratto a Roma: il Settecento. Rome, 2010, vol. 1, fig. 255 (color); vol. 3, pl. 1268.
Keith Christiansen in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2008–2010." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 68 (Fall 2010), p. 39, ill. (color).
The Road to Rome: A Distinguished Italian Private Collection, Part I. Sotheby's, New York. January 28, 2016, p. 50, fig. 1 (color), under no. 314.