Arthur Sambon. "Donato Bernardo di Giovanni Bragadin: Pittore veneto in contrada di San Lio." L'arte 32 (January–February 1929), pp. 15–21, ill., as in a private collection; attributes it to Donato Bragadin and dates it about 1452.
"New Metropolitan Pictures." Art News 36 (Janauary 15, 1938), p. 13, ill.
Margaret Sloane Patterson in "A Gift of Two Italian Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 33 (January 1938), pp. 6–8, ill., attributes it to Bragadin.
Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, pp. 171–72, ill., attributes it to Bragadin and calls it a Madonna of Humility.
Herbert Friedmann. The Symbolic Goldfinch: Its History and Significance in European Devotional Art. Washington, 1946, pp. 114, 156, pl. 91 (detail of central panel), attributes it to Bragadin; notes the unusual detail of the drooping or dead goldfinch held by the Christ Child.
Roberto Longhi. Viatico per cinque secoli di pittura veneziana. Florence, 1946, pp. 51–52, pl. 29, attributes the MMA painting and a Presentation in the Temple (private collection, Lombardy) to Bragadin.
Luigi Coletti. Pittura veneta del Quattrocento. Novara, 1953, p. XXX, pl. 60A, attributes it to Bragadin.
Carlo Volpe. "Donato Bragadin ultimo gotico." Arte veneta 9 (1955), pp. 17, 21, fig. 22, attributes it to Bragadin and dates it about 1440.
Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Venetian School. London, 1957, vol. 1, p. 49, pl. 58, attributes it to Bragadin.
Fern Rusk Shapley. "Italian Schools: XV–XVI Century." Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. 2, London, 1968, p. 29, no. K1101, fig. 69, attributes it to Bragadin and dates it probably about 1450.
Pietro Zampetti. "14th & 15th Centuries." A Dictionary of Venetian Painters. 1, Leigh-on-Sea, 1969, p. 35, attributes it to Bragadin.
K[runo]. Prijatelj in Dizionario biografico degli italiani. 13, Rome, 1971, p. 669, attributes it to Bragadin.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 35, 328, 367, 444, 607, as by Bragadin.
Federico Zeri. Letter. April 5, 1972, attributes it to Donato de' Bardi and calls it an early work, "close to four saints, hitherto without any attribution, in Genoa".
Fern Rusk Shapley. "Italian Schools: XVI–XVIII Century." Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. 3, London, 1973, p. 389, Addenda, accepts Zeri's attribution [see Ref. Zeri 1972] to Donato de' Bardi.
Federico Zeri. "Rintracciando Donato De' Bardi." Quaderni di Emblema 2 (1973), pp. 35–46, figs. 35 (overall), 36a, 36b (details), attributes it to Donato de' Bardi and dates it about 1430–40, comparing it to French miniatures; adds the Four Saints in the Accademia Ligustica, Genoa, to the painter's oeuvre [see Ref. Zeri 1972].
Roberto Longhi. "Ricerche sulla pittura veneta: 1946–1969." Opere complete di Roberto Longhi. 10, Florence, 1978, p. 47, pl. 25, reprints text of Ref. 1946.
Elena Rossetti Brezzi. "Per un'inchiesta sul Quattrocento ligure." Bollettino d'arte 68 (January–February 1983), p. 8, fig. 5, follows Zeri's attribution and dating, comparing features of the composition of the Madonna and Child to a painting in the Santuario di Santa Maria della Castagna, Quarto (Genoa) signed by Andrea de Aste and dated 1424.
Federico Zeri. "Un problema nell'area di Donato de' Bardi." Paragone 37 (May 1986), p. 10, attributes four panels to a painter close to Donato; notes that the form of their haloes is extremely rare and that similar types appear only in the MMA painting and in the Four Saints in the Accademia Ligustica, suggesting that they may all be products of the same workshop.
Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, North Italian School. New York, 1986, pp. 1–2, pl. 8, call it apparently an early work by Donato de' Bardi, suggesting a date of about 1430 or possibly earlier; give information on the state of preservation.
Mauro Natale in La pittura in Italia: il Quattrocento. revised and expanded ed. [Milan], 1987, vol. 1, p. 16.
Mauro Natale in Arte in Lombardia tra Gotico e Rinascimento. Exh. cat., Palazzo Reale. Milan, 1988, p. 188.
Andrea De Marchi. "Andrea de Aste e la pittura tra Genova e Napoli all'inizio del Quattrocento." Bollettino d'arte 76 (July–October 1991), pp. 124–25, 129 nn. 47–48, fig. 22, discusses the dating, calling the MMA work later than the Four Saints in the Accademia Ligustica.
Vittorio Natale in The Dictionary of Art. 3, New York, 1996, p. 226, dates it probably 1430s and calls it "a key example of the exchanges between northern Italy and transalpine Europe," noting the influence of both Pisanello and Bellini, and also of French illuminations and Provençal painting.
Carl Brandon Strehlke. "'Li magistri con li discepoli': Thinking about Art in Lombardy." Quattro pezzi lombardi (per Maria Teresa Binaghi). Brescia, 1998, pp. 35–37, pl. 6 (detail), dates it to the 1430s and notes that its small size indicates that it was made for a private patron; suggests Filippo Maria Visconti and his mistress Agnes del Maino, whose names match those of the two saints appearing on the wings of the triptpych.
Mauro Natale in El renacimiento mediterráneo: Viajes de artistas e itinerarios de obras entre Italia, Francia y España en el siglo XV. Exh. cat., Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid, 2001, pp. 426–31, ill. (color), and figs. 68a, 68c (details), dates it about 1435; on the basis of its reserved character and sober iconography suggests it was commissioned by a person of high social rank; finds the figure types indicative of northern Italian art in general and not specifically Venetian.
Carl Brandon Strehlke. "Madrid and Valencia, the Mediterranean Renaissance." Burlington Magazine 143 (May 2001), p. 319.
Massimiliano Caldera in Napoleone e il Piemonte: capolavori ritrovati. Exh. cat., Fondazione Ferrero, Alba. Savigliano, Italy, 2005, pp. 174–77, no. 16, ill. (color, overall and detail).
Ilaria Fiumi in Gentile da Fabriano and the Other Renaissance. Exh. cat., Spedale di Santa Maria del Buon Gesù, Fabriano. Milan, 2006, p. 234 [Italian ed., "Gentile da Fabriano e l'altro Rinascimento"], relates it to Antonio da Fabriano's "Saint Anne with the Infant Mary and Saints Joachim and Joseph" (Pinacoteca Civica, Gualdo Tadino).