C. Marenzi. Guida di Bergamo. 1824, c. 55 [Biblioteca Civica, Bergamo; see Ref. Gregori 1979 (cat. rais.)], as in the Brembati collection.
C. F. v[on]. Rumohr. Drei Reisen nach Italien. Leipzig, 1832, p. 320, as in the Brembati collection; suggests that the inscription [now removed; see Ref. Hale 1993–94] may be a later addition.
[Gustav Friedrich] Waagen. Treasures of Art in Great Britain. London, 1854, vol. 2, p. 419.
[Gustav Friedrich] Waagen. Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain. London, 1857, p. 104.
Antonio Piccinelli. marginal notes in Francesco Maria Tassi, "Vite de' pittori, scultori e architetti bergamaschi," 1793. [ca. 1863–65] [published in Refs. Bassi Rathgeb 1959 and Mazzini 1970], in vol. 1, p. 171, notes that, according to Marenzi, it was restored in 1825 while in the Brembati collection; adds that it was bought by Jones for 120 Luigi in 1833.
Charles Blanc. Histoire des peintres de toutes les écoles: École vénitienne. 14, Paris, 1868, p. 4.
George Redford. Art Sales. London, 1888, vol. 2, p. 241, lists it as having been bought at the 1852 Jones sale for £246.15.0 by Smith.
B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "Venetian Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 8 (December 1913), pp. 262–64, ill. on cover, states that the inscription, and probably the coat of arms [both now removed], were added shortly after the completion of the work.
C[iro]. C[aversazzi]. "Appunti e notizie: Un ritratto del Moroni al Museo Metropolitano di New York." Bollettino della civica biblioteca di Bergamo 7 (October–December 1913), pp. 153–54, identifies the tower in the background as the Torre Comunale in Bergamo.
"Un Tintoretto, un Crivelli ed un Morone al 'Metropolitan' Newyorkese." Emporium 39 (January 1914), pp. 157–58, ill.
E. Fornoni. Note biografiche su pittori bergamaschi. [ca. 1915–22], cc. 29–30 [Curia Vescovile, Bergamo; see Ref. Gregori 1979 (cat. rais.)].
Achille Locatelli Milesi. "Un grande ritrattista: G. B. Moroni." Emporium 44 (November 1916), ill. p. 387.
Ciro Caversazzi. "Del ristabilimento degli Antichi Palazzi Comunali." Bollettino della civica biblioteca di Bergamo 13 (1919), pp. 12–13, notes that Moroni depicts the tower in a state prior to 1551–52.
Ciro Caversazzi. "Ritratti di G. B. Moroni in America." Rivista di Bergamo 1 (February 1922), pp. 68–70, ill., dates it 1553 and mentions having recently seen a copy by Enea Salmeggia (Il Talpino); provides biographical information on the sitter; explains the inscription on the book.
"Current Art Notes." Connoisseur 80 (January–April 1928), p. 191, ill. p. 155.
Heinrich Merten. "Giovanni Battista Moroni: Des Meisters Gemälde und Zeichnungen." PhD diss., Philipps Universität, Marburg, 1928, pp. 49–50, no. 91, dates it about 1563.
Giuseppe Locatelli. "La casa della Misericordia." Bergomum 25, no. 2 (1931), pp. 133–34, states that the view through the window is seen from the vicinity of San Salvatore.
Lionello Venturi. Pitture italiane in America. Milan, 1931, unpaginated, pl. CCCXCIX, mentions a portrait (Pinacoteca, Brescia) by Moroni dated 1560 that he thinks may depict the same sitter; considers the MMA painting earlier.
Bernhard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 382.
Gertrud Lendorff. Giovanni Battista Moroni, der Porträtmaler von Bergamo. Winterthur, Switzerland, 1933, pp. 27, 49, 63–64, 98, no. 32, dates it after 1560.
Lionello Venturi. "Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century." Italian Paintings in America. 3, New York, 1933, unpaginated, pl. 540.
Bernhard Berenson. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 328.
Ercole Mazza. "Giambattista Moroni." Rivista di Bergamo 17 (December 1938), p. 492, ill. p. 486 [repr. in "G. B. Moroni, pittore," 1939].
Ciro Caversazzi. "Alcuni ritratti di G. B. Moroni all' estero." G. B. Moroni, pittore. [Albino?], 1939, pp. 37–38, ill. [similar text to Ref. Caversazzi 1922].
Davide Cugini. "Atti e memorie del IV Congresso Storico Lombardo." Un prelato bergamasco Ginnasiarca a Pavia nella seconda metà del Cinquecento. Milan, 1939, pp. 383, 385–90 [see Ref. Gregori 1979 (cat. rais.)].
Davide Cugini. Moroni pittore. Bergamo, 1939, pp. 43–44, 317, fig. 22, dates it 1558; believes that the picture was painted in the Palazzo Bonghi and that the view is from a room in that building.
Gertrude Lendorff in Giovanni Battista Moroni, il ritrattista bergamasco. Bergamo, 1939, pp. 69, 115, 130, 169, no. 32 [text similar to Ref. Lendorff 1933].
Bortolo Belotti. Storia di Bergamo e dei Bergamaschi. Milan, 1940, vol. 3, part 2, p. 353 [see Ref. Gregori 1979 (cat. rais.)].
Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, pp. 162–63, ill., dates it probably about 1553.
C[iro]. C[aversazzi]. "Per il ritratto di Bartolomeo Bongo del Moroni." Bergomum 35, no. 2 (1941), pp. 89–90, rejects Cugini's [see Ref. 1939] idea that the view was taken from the Palazzo Bonghi, stating that it was probably taken near via San Salvatore [see Ref. Locatelli 1931].
Millia Davenport. The Book of Costume. New York, 1948, vol. 2, p. 497, no. 1328, ill. (cropped).
Tancredi Torri. La torre civica di Bergamo nelle pagine della storia. Clusone, Italy, 1955, p. 15.
Roberto Bassi Rathgeb. "Le postille di Antonio Piccinelli alle 'Vite dei pittori, scultori e architetti bergamaschi' di F. M. Tassi." L'arte 58 (January–June 1959), p. 127, publishes Piccinelli's [see Ref. 1863–65] marginal note in Tassi's book.
Bortolo Belotti. Storia di Bergamo e dei Bergamaschi. Bergamo, 1959, vol. 3, pp. 437, 478 n. 57 bis, p. 522.
Rosita Levi Pisetzky. Storia del costume in italia. 3, Milan, 1966, pp. 294, 299, pl. 138, dates it about 1555 and discusses the costume.
Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian and North Italian Schools. London, 1968, vol. 1, pp. 285, 287, relates it to a version formerly in the collection of F. Gluck, Budapest.
Francesco Maria Tassi. Vite de' pittori, scultori e architetti bergamaschi. 2, Milan, 1970, pp. 203, 237, 341, publishes Piccinelli's [see Ref. 1863–65] marginal note.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 145, 511, 606.
Christopher Lloyd. A Catalogue of the Earlier Italian Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford, 1977, p. 129 n. 8, mentions the variant in the Národní Galerie, Prague, which he says is attributed to an anonymous Italian painter of the second half of the sixteenth century.
Hugh Brigstocke. Italian and Spanish Paintings in the National Gallery of Scotland. [Edinburgh], 1978, p. 86 [similar text to Ref. Brigstocke 1978 (Burlington)].
Hugh Brigstocke. "A Moroni Portrait for Edinburgh." Burlington Magazine 120 (July 1978), p. 461, suggests that the pose may derive from Titian or Lotto.
Mina Gregori. Giovan Battista Moroni: Tutte le opere. Bergamo, 1979, pp. 100–101, 244, 260, 288–89, 294, no. 160, ill. p. 343, dates it about 1560, noting, however, that it may commemorate Bonghi's nomination as rector of the University of Pavia seven years earlier and that it may have been destined for that institution; rejects Venturi's [see Ref. 1931] identification of the sitter in the Brescia portrait as Bonghi; lists other versions of the composition.
Mina Gregori in Giovan Battista Moroni. Exh. cat., Palazzo della Ragione. Bergamo, 1979, pp. 26, 34, 57, 136.
Denys Sutton. "Robert Langton Douglas, Part III, XIV: Agent for the Metropolitan Museum." Apollo 109 (June 1979), p. 423, fig. 21.
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 257–58, fig. 462 (color).
Olga Pujmanová. "Dva italské obrazy ze sbírky Emila Filly v prazské Národní Galerii." Umeni 28 (1980), pp. 146–50 nn. 19, 20, 22, fig. 4, dates it probably 1552–53, when Bonghi was rector at the University of Pavia; states that the Prague copy, which she attributes to Enea Salmeggia (Il Talpino), is the one formerly in the Gluck collection, Budapest [see Ref. Berenson 1968] and seemingly assumes that it is also the one mentioned by Caversazzi [see Ref. 1922].
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. 46–47, pl. 75, call it an early work and date it probably 1553; list the Budapest, Prague, and Bergamo copies as three separate works [see Notes].
Silvana Milesi. Moroni e il primo Cinquecento bergamasco. Bergamo, 1991, pp. 23, 35, ill., dates it about 1560.
Francesco Rossi. G. B. Moroni. Soncino, 1991, p. 20.
Charlotte Hale in "The Changing Image, Studies in Paintings Conservation: Restoring 'Bartolommeo Bonghi'." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 51 (Winter 1993/94), pp. 20–25, color figs. 1 (before treatment), 2 (after treatment), 5 (during treatment), fig. 4 (x-radiograph detail), and ill. in color on cover (cropped), records the treatment of the painting, including the removal of an old inscription and coat of arms that had been added after the artist's death.
Peter Humfrey. Giovanni Battista Moroni: Renaissance Portraitist. Exh. cat., Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, 2000, pp. 23–25, 32–33, 39, 45, 47, 69, 71, no. 8, ill. p. 68 (color), find Gregori's [see Ref. 1979 (cat. rais.)] stylistic arguments for a dating of about 1560 more convincing than Zeri's [see Ref. 1986] for an earlier date.
Andrea Bayer. "North of the Apennines: Sixteenth-Century Italian Painting in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 60 (Spring 2003), p. 36, fig. 26 (color), and ill. in color on back cover (detail).
Novella Barbolani di Montauto in Giovan Battista Moroni: lo sguardo sulla realtà, 1560–1579. Exh. cat., Museo Adriano Bernareggi et al., Bergamo. Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 2004, p. 170, under no. 26, discusses the type of hat worn by the sitter, comparing it with the one worn by the sitter in Moroni's "Portrait of a Doctor or a Prelate" (Musée de la Société de l'Histoire du Protestantisme Français, Paris), among others.
Simone Facchinetti in Giovan Battista Moroni: lo sguardo sulla realtà, 1560–1579. Exh. cat., Museo Adriano Bernareggi et al., Bergamo. Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 2004, p. 41, fig. 9, remarks on its influence on Carlo Ceresa's later "Portrait of an Old Man in an Armchair" (Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell'Arte Roberto Longhi, Florence).
Rossana Sacchi in Da Raffaello a Ceruti: capolavori della pittura dalla Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo. Exh. cat., Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Brescia. Conegliano, Italy, 2004, p. 95, under no. 8, agrees with Gregori [see Ref. 1979] and Humfrey [see Ref. 2000] that it was painted very close in time to the Brescia portrait dated 1560; compares the caps worn by the sitters in the two portraits.
Giampiero Tiraboschi in Giovan Battista Moroni: lo sguardo sulla realtà, 1560–1579. Exh. cat., Museo Adriano Bernareggi et al., Bergamo. Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 2004, p. 283.
Andrea Di Lorenzo in La raccolta Mario Scaglia: dipinti e sculture, medaglie e placchette da Pisanello a Ceruti. Exh. cat., Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan. Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 2007, p. 204, under no. 85, discusses the type of hat worn by the sitter.
Olga Pujmanová in Olga Pujmanová and Petr Pribyl. Italian Painting c. 1330–1550: I. National Gallery in Prague, II. Collections in the Czech Republic; Illustrated Summary Catalogue. Prague, 2008, p. 349, under no. 239, lists the version formerly in the National Gallery, Prague, as in a private collection, Prague, since 1992.