Keith Christiansen in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1982–1983. New York, 1983, p. 37, ill., dates it about 1495–1500; erroneously identifies it as the painting formerly in the Mansi collection, Lucca (now private collection, Bologna); mentions a version by a pupil of Francia in the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest.
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. 22–23, pl. 23, date it probably about 1500 and note that it is in excellent condition; state that the same cartoon was used for this work and for the picture by a pupil or follower of Francia in Budapest.
Federica Toniolo. "I dipinti di Francesco Francia e della sua bottega conservati al Museo di Belle Arti." Bulletin du Musée Hongrois des Beaux-Arts no. 78 (1993), p. 78, fig. 34, erroneously identifies it as the version formerly in the Mansi collection; compares it with a Holy Family by Francia in the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, and also with a Madonna and Child with Two Angels in the same museum.
Alessandro Ballarin. Dosso Dossi: la pittura a Ferrara negli anni del ducato di Alfonso I. Cittadella (Padua), 1994–95, vol. 1, fig. 141, dates it about 1500.
Emilio Negro and Nicosetta Roio. Francesco Francia e la sua scuola. Modena, 1998, pp. 77, 84, 178, no. 51b, ill. p. 177, identify a picture now in a private collection, Bologna, as the work formerly in the Mansi Collection, Lucca; list additional versions of the composition [see Notes].
Andrea Bayer. "North of the Apennines: Sixteenth-Century Italian Painting in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 60 (Spring 2003), pp. 44, 47, fig. 30 (color).