Bernard Berenson. Letter to Mr. Kleinberger. December 28, 1924.
Adolfo Venturi. "La pittura del cinquecento." Storia dell'arte italiana. 9, part 1, Milan, 1925, pp. 430, 432, fig. 315, attributes it to Franciabigio and titles it "Bust of a Female Saint".
Bernard Berenson in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 41, attributes it to Franciabigio and calls it "Head of a Femal Saint"; states that it came from the Morisey collection in Paris.
Bernhard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 210, lists it as by Franciabigio and calls it "Head of Madonna".
Bernhard Berenson. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 180, erroneously gives the location as Brooklyn.
Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 64, ill., attributes it to Franciabigio; identifies it as "Head of a Saint".
Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School. London, 1963, vol. 1, p. 65.
S[ydney]. J. Freedberg. Andrea del Sarto. Cambridge, Mass., 1963, text vol., fig. 8; catalogue raisonné vol., p. 7, no. 5, lists it as "Female Saint"; notes that, despite damage and abrasion, the "vocabulary of form" is clearly Andrea del Sarto's and may be the result of Andrea's exposure to Franciabigio; dates it about 1508.
Fiorella Sricchia Santoro. "Per il Franciabigio." Paragone 14 (July 1963), p. 22 n. 25, attributes it to the early period of Andrea del Sarto, rejecting the attribution to Franciabigio.
John Shearman. Letter. January 1, 1964, identifies it as a fragment of the work formerly in the Giustiniani collection and engraved by Cornelis Bloemaert; dates it about 1510.
Raffaele Monti. Andrea del Sarto. 1981 ed. Milan, 1965, p. 112, fig. 329, considers it a fragment of Andrea's early picture once in the Giustiniani collection and observes similarities to Raphael's work.
John Shearman. Andrea del Sarto. Oxford, 1965, vol. 1, pp. 28, 35–36, 42, pl. 17b; vol. 2, pp. 202–3, no. 12, notes the Raphaelesque, pyramidal qualities that the original composition had; associates it with Raphael's "Cardellino Madonna" (Uffizi, Florence) observes that our painting represents a period when Andrea's figures become more fluid in articulation and monumental in form, but still shows the hallmark of a young artist; dates it about 1510–11; notes that a "Madonna and Child with Saint John" attributed to Michel Coxcie (sale, Hotel Druout, Paris, May 23, 1903, no. 10) appears to derive from this picture.
Everett Fahy. Letter to Theodore Rousseau. May 29, 1966, notes that a drawing attributed to Sassoferrato in the Royal Library at Windsor is a copy of the complete painting and that there is a painted copy in the British Institute in Florence.
Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Florentine School. New York, 1971, pp. 197–98, ill., consider it a fragment of a picture belonging in the seventeenth century to the marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani in Rome, known through an engraving by Cornelis Bloemaert; identify it as from Andrea's early period, reminiscent of the work of both Piero di Cosimo and Franciabigio; date it 1510 or slightly earlier.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 8, 546, 607.
Laurence B. Kanter. Unpublished Memo. 1979, rejects the attribution to Andrea del Sarto, arguing instead for re-attribution to Franciabigio based on stylistic grounds; dates it 1507/8, between Franciabigio's "Madonna del Pozzo" and the Ranieri "Holy Family".
Antonio Natali and Alessandro Cecchi. Andrea del Sarto: catalogo completo dei dipinti. Florence, 1989, p. 27, no. 7, ill., links the fragment with the painting of the Madonna with the Christ Child and Young Saint John the Baptist in the Giustiniani collection; concedes that the attribution to Andrea del Sarto is not without doubts since the relationship between Franciabigio and Andrea was very close during their early careers, but points out that the 1638 Giustiniani inventory's attribution to Andrea argues for attributing the painting to him.
Andrei Bliznukov. "Un dipinto ritrovato di Andrea del Sarto." Paragone, 3rd ser., 50 (January 1999), pp. 43–46 n. 13, attributes it to Franciabigio, noting that it was inspired by the painting by Andrea del Sarto formerly in the Giustiniani collection, which he identifies with a work now in the Perm State Art Gallery.
Giulia Fusconi and Angiola Canevari in I Giustiniani e l'Antico. Exh. cat., Palazzo Fontana di Trevi. Rome, 2001, p. 423, reject the association of this picture with the painting formerly in the Giustiniani collection, which they identify with the picture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Perm (Russia).
Silvia Danesi Squarzina. La collezione Giustiniani. Turin, 2003, vol. 1, pp. 103–4, publishes the Giustiniani inventories, identifying the "Head of the Madonna" by Andrea del Sarto cited in them as the picture in the Perm State Art Gallery, not the MMA work.
Rose Leroy-Delahaye. E-mail to Keith Christiansen. April 19, 2007, notes that the type of lace on the collar belongs to the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century and cannot be contemporary with the picture.
Marie-Rose Delahaye. "Can We Always Trust Our Eyes? The 'Quest' for Del Sarto's Original Madonna." The Bulletin: International Old Lacers, Inc. 28 (Summer 2008), pp. 12–14, ill. (color, inside front cover).