Provenance

Purchased 1880 in Florence by Charles Fairfax Murray [1849-1919] for John Ruskin [1819-1900], Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria;[1] by inheritance to his cousin, Joan Ruskin Agnew Severn [1846-1924, Mrs. Arthur Severn], Brantwood; by inheritance to her husband, Joseph Arthur Pallison Severn [1842-1931], Brantwood; (sale, Sotheby's, London, 8 May 1931, no. 66); purchased by Spanish Art Gallery.[2] (French & Co., New York), by 1938;[3] purchased 1945 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1961 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1938
Eighteenth Loan Exhibition of Old Masters: Italian Gothic and Early Renaissance Sculptures [cover title: Italian Sculpture 1250-1500], Detroit Institute of Arts, 1938, no. 62, repro.
1946
Recent Additions to the Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. A-159.
Bibliography
1884
Spielmann, M. H. “A Conversation with Mr. Ruskin at Brantwood.” Pall Mall Gazette 21 April 1884: 11-12.
1898
Zimmern, Helen. “Illustri contemporanei. John Ruskin.” Emporium 8 (August, 1898): 91-110, esp. 91.
1903
Ruskin, John. Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds. London, 1903-1912: VIII (1903):84, n. 2; XXXIII (1908): 313; XXXIV (1908):665-666, repro. pl. 7; XXXVII (1909): 311.
1919
Marquand, Allan. Robbia Heraldry, Princeton, 1919: 39 no. 36.
1922
Marquand, Allan. Andrea della Robbia and his atelier. 2 vols. Princeton, 1922: 2: 39-40, cat. 140 no. 6, as workshop of Andrea.
1931
Carter, A.C.R. The Burlington Magazine 58 (1931): xlv.
1946
Eggen, J. B. “La galerie nationale d’art, Washington.” Mouseion 57/58, nos. 3-4 (1946): 1-168, esp. 98.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 409, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 166
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 146, repro.
1971
Dearden, James S. "John Ruskin's art collection - a centenary." The Connoisseur 178, no. 715 (September 1971): 27-31.
1976
Middeldorf, Ulrich. Sculptures from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools XIV-XIX Century. London, 1976: 36.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 630, no. 979, repro.
1988
Kecks, Ronald G. Madonna und Kind. Das häusliche Andachtsbild im Florenz des 15. Jahrhunderts. Berlin, 1988: 138, repro. 158a
1992
Gentilini, Giancarlo. I Della Robbia. La scultura invetriata nel Rinascimento. Florence, 1992: 1:221, 270 n. 30, repro. 233.
1993
Clegg, Jeanne, and Paul Tucker. Ruskin and Tuscany. Exh. cat. Accademia Italiana, London, Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield, and Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca, 1993: 114-115, no. 232, repro.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 196, repro.
1998
Levi, Donata. “Appunti sulla fortuna dell’arte robbiana nell’Ottocento inglese. " In Giancarlo Gentilini,ed. I Della Robbia e l’arte nuova della scultura invetriata. Exh. cat. Fiesole, Basilica di Sant’Alessandro, 29 May – 1 November 1998. Florence, 1998: 117-130, esp. 122, repro., 123, repro, 125-126, 129 nn. 62-64.
1999
Dearden, James. John Ruskin: A Life in Pictures. Sheffield, 1999: 172-173, repro., 241.
2000
Elliott, David B. Charles Fairfax Murray, The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite. New Castle, Delaware, 2000: 84, 224 n. 25.