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Provenance

Giovanni Donato Correggio [1608-1674], Venice, 1655.[1] Anonymous donation to Castle Hill, Ipswich, Massachusetts, property of The Trustees of Reservations, Beverly, Massachusetts; (sale, Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 21-23 May 2004, 3rd day, no. 1487, as Painter Standing beside a Canvas Depicting Cupid by an unidentified artist); (Old Art Limited, London); purchased 10 February 2005 through (Carol Selle, New York) by NGA.

Exhibition History
2006
Guercino: Stylistic Evolution in Focus, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, 2006-2007, pl. 7.
Bibliography
1997
Il libro dei conti del Guercino, 1629-1666. Ed. Barbara Ghelfi. Bologna, 1997: no. 493, entry of 26 April 1655.
2000
Borean, Linda. La quadreria di Agostino e Giovan Donato Correggio nel collezionismo veneziano del Seicento. Udine, 2000: 179.
2005
Baldassari, Francesca. "L'Amore Fedele ed Eterno del Guercino." Nuovi Studi 11 (2004-2005): 265-268, figs. 206-207.
2016
Damian, Véronique. "Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, dit Guercino: L'Amore Virtuoso ou Allégorie des Arts, L'Amore Virtuoso or Allegory of the Arts." In Galerie Canesso, Massimo Stanzione, Guercino, Hendrick De Somer, et Fra' Galgario: Tableaux Redécouverts du XVIe au XVIIIe Siècle, catalogue for TEFAF Maastricht 2016, edited by Véronique Damian, Paris, 2016: 28, 29 fig. 1, 30.