Inscription

on base, on front: AVE.MARIA.GRATIA.PRENA (sic)

Provenance

Possibly S. Spirito, Florence.[1] Dr. Eduard Simon [1864-1929], Berlin; (his sale, Galerie Paul Cassirer, Berlin, 10-11 October 1929, no. 32). (A.S. Drey, New York), by 1930.[2] Clarence H. Mackay [1874-1938], Roslyn, New York; acquired from his estate by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York), by May 1940;[3] sold 1941 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1943 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1914
Kaiser Friedrich Museum, Berlin, 1914, no. 204.
1946
Recent Additions to the Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. A-147.
2013
La Primavera del Rinascimento: La Scultura e le Arti a Firenze 1400-1460, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2013-2014, no. VIII.8, repro.
Bibliography
1914
Bode, Wilhelm von. "Lorenzo Ghiberti." Berlin Jahrbuch 35 (1914): 80, repro.
1921
Bode, Wilhelm von. Florentiner Bildhauer der Renaissance. Berlin, 1921: 83, repro.
1928
Bode, Wilhelm von. Florentine Sculptors of the Renaissance. Translated by Jessie Haynes. Revised 2nd edition. London, 1928: 66, repro. (Reprint, New York, 1969).
1930
"Rare Paintings and Sculptures." Art News (29 March 1930): 3, repro.
1936
Krautheimer, Richard. "Terra Cotta Madonnas." Parnassus (December 1936): 5-8, 37, fig. 5.
1940
Art Digest (15 May 1940): 8.
1940
Art News (11 May 1940): 13, repr.
1944
Duveen Brothers, Inc. Duveen Sculpture in Public Collections of America: A Catalog Raisonné with illustrations of Italian Renaissance Sculptures by the Great Masters which have passed through the House of Duveen. New York, 1944: figs. 1-4, as by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
1944
Frankfurter, Alfred M. The Kress Collection in the National Gallery. New York, 1944: 9, repro., as by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
1945
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1945 (reprinted 1947, 1949): 176, repro., as by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
1949
Goldschider, Ludwig. Ghiberti. New York, 1949: pl. 121.
1949
Seymour, Charles. Masterpieces of Sculpture from the National Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1949: 174, note 14, repro. 57, 58, 60, as by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
1955
Pope-Hennessy, John. Italian Gothic Sculpture. New York, 1955: 215-216.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 396, repro., as by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
1961
Seymour 1961 (Kress), 42-43, color repro.
1965
Ragghianti, Carlo L. "Novità per Jacopo della Quercia." Critica d'Arte 12, n.s. fasc. 75 (November 1965): 35-47, fig. 16.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 157, as by Ghiberti.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 139, repro., as by Ghiberti.
1976
Middeldorf, Ulrich. Sculptures from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools XIV-XIX Century. London, 1976: 13.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 623, no. 960, repro.
1988
Kecks, Ronald. "Zur Künstlerischen Entwicklung Lorenzo Ghibertis in der Madonnendarstellung." Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 32, no. 3 (1988): 525-536, fig. 1.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 86, repro.
2008
Galli, Aldo, in Marco Campigli. Donatello e il primo Rinascimento. Florence, 2008: 31, 33 repro., 156-159, repro. as Donatello.
2010
Cristanetti, Simona. "Hatching a Theory of Attribution: A 15th-Century Madonna and Child at the National Gallery of Art." In Hannelore Römich, ed. Glass and Ceramics Conservation 2010: interim meeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group, October 3-6, 2010. Corning, 2010: 219-227, fig. 1.
2016
Gentilini, Giancarlo. “La tradizione del legno e la rinascita della terracotta: un confronto sotto la pelle della scultura dipinta.” In “Fece di scoltura di legname e colorì”. Scultura del Quattrocento in legno dipinto a Firenze. Exh. cat. Gallerie degli Uffizi, 2016: 62-79, esp. 69, repro. 64 , as Donatello.