Provenance

Convent, northern France, prior to 1937.[1] Baron Joseph van der Elst [1896-1971], Brussels, by 1937;[2] his son, Baron François van der Elst, Brussels; sold 1986 through (Spencer Samuels, New York) to NGA.

Exhibition History
1942
Flemish Primitives. An Exhibition Organized by the Belgian Government through the Belgian Information Center, New York, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1942, unnumbered, p. 32, repro. 33.
1944
Five Centuries of Dutch Art, Art Association of Montreal, 1944.
1944
Loan Exhibition of Early Dutch Paintings, 1460-1540, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1944, no. 1, as The Virgin and Child.
1957
Dieric Bouts, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels; Museum Prinsenhof, Delft, 1957-1958, no. 20, repro.
Bibliography
1924
Friedländer, Max J. Die altniederländische Malerei 14 vols. 1924-1937. Leiden, 1937: 14:90.
1932
Baldass, Ludwig. "Die Entwicklung des Dirk Bouts. Eine Stilgeschichtliche Untersuchung." Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlung in Wien N. F. 6 (1932): 94-95.
1938
Schöne, Wolfgang. Dieric Bouts und seine Schule. Berlin and Leipzig, 1938: 185, no. 73.
1940
Baldass, Ludwig. "Dirk Bouts, Seine Werkstatt und Schule." Pantheon 25 (1940): 46.
1944
Van der Elst, Baron Joseph. The Last Flowering of the Middle Ages. Garden City, NY, 1944: 79.
1946
Schretlin, M. J. Dirck Bouts. Amsterdam, 1946: repro. 37.
1953
Panofsky Erwin. Early Netherlandish Painting: Its Origins and Character. 2 vols. Cambridge, Mass., 1953: 1:317, n.3.
1957
Denis, Valentin. Thierry Bouts. Brussels, 1957: 10, 16, 26.
1958
Boon, Karel G. "Bouts, Justus of Ghent and Berruguete." Burlington100, no. 658 (January 1958): 11.
2004
Hand, John Oliver. National Gallery of Art: Master Paintings from the Collection. Washington and New York, 2004: 46, no. 32, color repro.
2008
Vanwijnsberghe, Dominique et. al. Autor de la Madeleine Renders. Brussels, 2008: 251, no. 177, repro.