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Provenance

Acquired 1865 in Florence by Louis-Charles Timbal [1821-1880], Paris;[1] purchased 1870 by Gustave Dreyfus [1837-1914], Paris;[2] his estate; purchased 1930 with the entire Dreyfus collection by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); purchased 15 December 1936 by The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh;[3] gift 1937 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1932
Sculpture and Medals of the Renaissance from the Dreyfus Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1932, as by Desiderio da Settignano.
Bibliography
1883
Perkins, Charles. Historical Handbook of Italian Sculpture. London, 1883: 402.
1907
Vitry, Paul. "La collection de M. Gustave Dreyfus: I. - La Sculpture." Les Arts 72 (December 1907): repro. 6, 10-11.
1941
Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1941: 221-222, no. A-4, as The Young Christ with Saint John the Baptist by Desiderio da Settignano.
1942
Book of Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 253, repro. 226, as The Young Christ with St. John the Baptist by Desiderio da Settignano.
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. 49-51, as The Young Christ and St. John, by Desiderio da Settignano.
1949
Paintings and Sculpture from the Mellon Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1949 (reprinted 1953 and 1958): 151, repro., as The Young Christ with St. John the Baptist by Desiderio da Settignano.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 152, as The Young Christ with Saint John the Baptist by Desiderio da Settignano.
1967
Clarence Kennedy. Exh. cat. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1967: 23, fig. 92, mislabelled as Relief of St. Jerome in the Desert by Desiderio da Settignano and Associates.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 135, repro., as The Young Christ with Saint John the Baptist by Desiderio da Settignano.
1987
Pasini, Pier Giorgio. "Matteo de'Pasti: Problems of Style and Chronology." Studies in the History of Art 21 (1987):152-153, repro.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 73, repro.
2009
Pasini, Pier Giorgio. Il tesoro di Sigismondo e le medaglie di Matteo de' Pasti. Bologna, 2009: repro. 102.