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Gustave Dreyfus [1837-1914], Paris; his estate; purchased 1930 by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased 1945 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1957 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1985
Italian Renaissance Sculpture in the Time of Donatello, Detroit Institute of Arts; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italy, 1985-1986, no. 85 (English cat.), no. 107 (Italian cat.), repro. (not shown in Florence).
2011
Passion in Venice: Crivelli to Tintoretto and Veronese: The Man of Sorrows in Venetian Art, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, 2011, no. 27, repro.
Bibliography
1886
Molinier, Émile. Les Bronzes de la Renaissance. Les Plaquettes; Catalogue Raisonné. 2 vols. Paris, 1886: 1:40, no. 72, as school of Donatello.
1908
Migeon, Gaston. “La collection de M. Gustave Dreyfus, III: Petits bronzes—Bas-reliefs.” Les Arts 73 (Jan. 1908): 22, repro. 17, as attributed to Donatello.
1925
Vaudoyer, Jean-Louis. "La collection Gustave Dreyfus." L'Amour de l'Art 6, no. 7 (1925): 257, repro. 250, as by Donatello (or a follower of Donatello).
1931
Ricci, Seymour de. The Gustave Dreyfus Collection. Reliefs and Plaquettes. Oxford, 1931: 20, no. 15, pl. 10.
1951
Renaissance Bronzes: Statuettes, Reliefs and Plaquettes, Medals and Coins from the Kress Collection. Introduction by Perry B. Cott. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1951: 143, repro. 65.
1958
Landais, Herbert. Les Bronzes Italiens de la Renaissance. Paris, 1958: 36, as by Luca della Robbia.
1965
Pope-Hennessy, John W. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965: 8, no. 3, fig. 14.
1983
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 60, no. 12, repro.
1986
Avery, Charles. "Donatello Celebrations." Apollo 123 (January 1986): 18, as possibly from a wax model by Donatello.
1988
Krahn, Volker. Bartolomeo Bellano: Studien zur Paduaner Plastik des Quattrocento. Munich, 1988: 108-111, fig. 53, as North Italian, last quarter fifteenth century.
1991
Gentilini, Giancarlo. "Urbano di Pietro, detto Urbano da Cortona, Cristo in Pietà, sorretto da due angeli." In Romano, Giovanni, ed. Dal Trecento al Seicento: le arti a paragone. Exh. cat. Antichi Maestri Pittori, Turin, 1991: 44, 45 repro.
2010
Pistocchi, Michele Andrea. "Seguace di Donatello, Bartolomeo Bellano, attr., Cristo in Pietà e tre angeli." In Crescentini, Claudio, and Claudio Strinati, eds. La forma del Rinascimento: Donatello, Andrea Bregno, Michelangelo, e la scultura a Roma nel Quattrocento. Exh. cat. Palazzo Venezia, Rome, 2010: 228.