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Provenance

Alessandro Castellani, Rome, before 1883. (Stefano Bardini [1836-1922], Florence), c. 1902; sold 1906-1907 to (Jacques Seligmann, Paris); sold 1909 to Thomas Fortune Ryan [1851-1928], New York;[1] his estate; (sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, 23-25 November 1933, no. 416); (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); purchased 15 December 1936 by The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh;[2] gift 1937 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1920
Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1920, unnumbered catalogue.
1923
Italian Renaissance Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1923, no. 56.
1996
Obras Maestras de la National Gallery of Art de Washington, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, 1996-1997, unnumbered catalogue, 44-45, color repro.
Bibliography
1888
Bode, Wilhelm von. "Desiderio da Settignano und Francesco Laurana: Zwei Italienischen Frauenbüsten des Quattrocento im Berliner Museum." Jahrbuch der Köninglich Preussischen Kunstsammlungen 9 (1888): 216, 222.
1933
"Duveen Enhances Laurana Bust by Cleaning." The Art News (December 9, 1933): 123, repro.
1937
Cortissoz, Royal. An Introduction to the Mellon Collection. Boston, 1937: 27.
1937
Wittkower, Rudolf. "Sculpture in the Mellon Collection." Apollo 26, n. 152 (August 1937): 79, 81, fig. 6.
1941
Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1941: A-8, .
1942
Book of Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 253, repro. 230.
1942
Valentiner, Wilhelm R. "Laurana's Portrait Busts of Women." Art Quarterly 4 (1942): fig. 10.
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. 75-77, as Ippolita Maria Sforza, Duchess of Aragon.
1947
Petrovitch, Rastko. "Questi Schiavoni (II), Luciano and Francesco Laurana." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 31 (March-April 1947): fig. 10.
1948
Comstock, Helen. "Quattrocento Portrait Sculpture in the National Gallery, Washington." The Connoisseur 122, no. 309 (September 1948): 48, repro.
1948
Kurz, Otto. Fakes: A Handbook for Collectors and Students. London, 1948: 136.
1949
Paintings and Sculpture from the Mellon Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1949 (reprinted 1953 and 1958): 153, repro.
1949
Seymour, Charles. Masterpieces of Sculpture from the National Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1949: 176-177, note 24, repro. 87, 89, 90.
1957
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Comparisons in Art: A Companion to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. London, 1957 (reprinted 1959): pl. 79
1958
Pope-Hennessy, John. Italian Renaissance Sculpture. London, 1958: 330, pl. 105.
1962
Kennedy, Ruth Wedgwood, and Clarence Kennedy. Four Portrait Busts by Franceso Laurana. Northampton, MA, 1962: not paginated, repro. as Ippolita Maria Sforza d'Aragona, Duchess of Calabria.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 159.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 141, repro.
1969
Hersey, George L. Alfonso II and the Artistic Renewal of Naples. New Haven and London, 1969: n. 23, n. 25, 37-38, fig. 54.
1970
Kraft, Hanno-Walter. "Rezensionen: George L. Hersey. Alfonso II and the artistic renewal of Naples 1485-1495." Kunstchronik 23 (1970): 151-166.
1984
Norton, Thomas E. 100 Years of Collecting in America: The Story of Sotheby Parke-Bernet. New York, 1984: 188, 229.
1984
Scalia, Fiorenza, and Cristina de Benedictis. Il Museo Bardini: A Firenze. Milan, 1984: 59-89.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 632, no. 987, repro.
1986
Domonkos, L.S. "The Portrait Bust of a Hungarian Queen in the Art Collection of an American University." Acta Historiae Artium Academiae Scientarium Hungaricae 32 (1986): 60, n. 17.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 130, repro.
1995
Martinez, Benjamin and Jacqueline Block. Visual Forces: An Introduction to Design. 2nd edition, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1995: 176, fig. B.
1996
Fusco, Peter. "An Image of Saint Cyricus by Franceso Laurana." In Antologia di belle arti. La Scultura II. Italy, 1996: 8-16.
2000
Damianaki, Chrysa. The female portrait busts of Francesco Laurana. Rome, 2000: 106-111, n. 107-150, fig. 181-190.
2003
Fogelman, Peggy, and Peter Fusco, with Marietta Cambareri. Italian and Spanish Sculpture. Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection. Los Angeles, 2003: 4, 6, fig. IA, 10 notes 3-4.
2003
Pavicic, Ivana Prijatelj. "Franceso Laurana i razvoj jedne renesansne sheme portreta Laure de Noves." Rad. Inst. povij. umjet. 27 (2003): 73-80.
2008
Damianaki, Chrysa. I busti femminili di Francesco Laurana tra realtà e finzione. Verona, 2008: 241-254, fig. 197-210.
2016
Riesenberger, Nicole. King of the Renaissance: Art and Politics at the Neapolitan Court of Ferrante I, 1458-1494. Ph.D diss. University of Maryland, 2016: 142-143, n. 330, as not Laurana.