Sir Giles Sebright, Beechwood, Boxmoor and London; (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 2 July 1937, no. 110, as by Leonardo da Vinci); sold to (Giuseppe Bellesi, London) for (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, Florence); purchased 1938 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1939 to NGA.
Reported as having been cradled, cleaned, and restored by Stephen Pichetto in 1938/1939, the picture is in very good condition, with losses confined mainly to the top and bottom edges of the original panel. A small triangular inset fills the lower right corner. Some unevenness in the paint along the left edge is due to wood knots. The red underpaint of the Madonna's blue robe was evidently meant to show through, as the surface is scored. The artist appears to have used a mixed medium, perhaps alternating tempera and oil layers.
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- Dalli Regoli, Gigetta. La preveggenza della vergine. Pisa, 1984: 12, 39, fig. 28.
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- Brown, Jonathan, and Richard G. Mann. Spanish Paintings of the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1990: 129-133, color repro. 131.
- Gregori, Mina, ed. In the Light of Apollo: Italian Renaissance and Greece. 2 vols. Exh. cat. National Gallery and Alexandros Souzos Museum, Athens, 2003-2004: 1:332, as ascribed to Sodoma.