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(Alessandro Castellani [d. 1883], Paris and Rome). Baron Arthur de Schickler [1828-1919], Paris, and Martinvast, Normandy (near Cherbourg); by inheritance to his daughter, Marguerite, Comtesse Hubert de Pourtalès [1870-1956], Paris, and Martinvast, Normandy. (Duveen Brothers, Inc, London, New York, and Paris). Clarence H. Mackay [1874-1938], Rosyln, New York, at least from 1923 until 1929; (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); purchased 1936 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1939 to NGA.[1]

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. 71 (not shown in Florence).
1999
Renaissance Florence: The Art of the 1470s, The National Gallery, London, 1999-2000, no. 82, repro.
2001
Virtue and Beauty: Leonardo's 'Ginevra de' Benci' and Renaissance Portraits of Women, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2001-2002, no. 24, color repro.
Bibliography
1921
Bode, Wilhelm von. Florentiner Bildhauer der Renaissance. Berlin, 1921: 192, 195, fig. 119.
1923
Sherman, Frederic F. "Italian Portrait Paintings and Busts of the Quattrocento." Art in America 12, n. 1 (December 1923): 5.
1925
Valentiner, Wilhelm R. "The Clarence H. Mackay Collection." Art in America 13, no. 5 (1925): fig. 2.
1926
Valentiner, W.R. The Clarence H. Mackay Collection. New York, 1926: 6-9, no. 11, as by Desiderio da Settignano, repro.
1929
Gutman, Walter. "Desiderio da Settignano in America." International Studio (October 1929): 32-33, repro.
1930
Cortissoz, Royal. The Painter's Craft. New York and London, 1930: 472.
1941
Frankfurter, Alfred M. "Great Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance in the National Gallery." Art News 40, n. 9 (July 1-31. 1941): 10, repro., 28.
1941
Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1941: 222, no. A-30, as Bust of a Lady (Isotta da Rimini?) by Desiderio da Settignano.
1942
Book of Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 253, repro. 227, as Bust of a Lady (Isotta da Rimini?) by Desiderio da Settignano.
1942
Shoolman, Regina, and Charles E. Slatkin. Enjoyment of Art in America: A Survey of the Permanent Collections of Paintings, Sculpture, Ceramics & Decorative Arts in American and Canadian Museums: Being an Introduction to the Masterpieces of Art from Prehistoric to Modern Times. Philadelphia and New York, 1942: pl. 338.
1943
Swarzenski, Georg. "Some Aspects of Italian Quattrocento Sculpture in the National Gallery." Gazette des Beaux Arts 6th series, 24 (November 1943): 289 fig. 4, 290, as by Desiderio da Settignano.
1944
Duveen Brothers, Inc. Duveen Sculpture in Public Collections of America: A Catalog Raisonné with illustrations of Italian Renaissance Sculptures by the Great Masters which have passed through the House of Duveen. New York, 1944: figs. 67-71, as Isotta da Rimini (Presumed), by Desiderio da Settignano.
1944
Frankfurter, Alfred M. The Kress Collection in the National Gallery. New York, 1944: 11, repro., as by Desiderio Settignano.
1945
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1945 (reprinted 1947, 1949): 180, repro., as Bust of a Lady by Desiderio da Settignano.
1948
Comstock, Helen. "Quattrocento Portrait Sculpture in the National Gallery, Washington." The Connoisseur 122, no. 309 (September 1948): 46-47, repro.
1948
Suida, William E. "La Bella Simonetta." Art Quarterly (Winter 1948): 3-8, fig. 1.
1949
Galassi, Giuseppe. La scultura fiorentina del quattrocento. Milan, 1949: 170, 209, repro.
1949
Seymour, Charles. Masterpieces of Sculpture from the National Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1949: 176, note 23, repro. 85-86, 88, as Bust of a Lady.
1949
Suida, William E. "Again the Simonetta Bust." Art Quarterly 12 (1949): 176-178, fig. 2.
1958
Pope-Hennessy, John. Italian Renaissance Sculpture. London, 1958: 304, pl. 66.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 402, repro., as Bust of Lady by Desiderio da Settignano.
1961
Walker, John, Guy Emerson, and Charles Seymour. Art Treasures for America: An Anthology of Paintings & Sculpture in the Samuel H. Kress Collection. London, 1961:, 43, repro., as Bust of a Lady, by Desiderio da Settignano.
1962
Cardellini, Ida. Desiderio da Settignano. Milan, 1962: 202-203, repro.
1962
Corti, Gino, and Frederick Hartt. "New Documents Concerning Donatello, Luca and Andrea della Robbia, Desiderio, Mino, Uccello, Pollaiuolo, Filippo Lippi, Baldovinetti and Others." The Art Bulletin 44, no. 2 (June 1962): 158.

1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 152, as Bust of a Lady by Desiderio da Settignano.
1966
Seymour, Charles. Sculpture in Italy, 1400 to 1500. Harmondsworth, 1966: n. 17.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 135, repro., as Bust of a Lady by Desiderio da Settignano.
1971
Seymour, Charles. The Sculpture of Verrocchio. Greenwich, CT 1971: 121-121, fig. 135, fig. 136, n. 20.
1975
Passavant, Günter. "The sculpture of Verrocchio. By Charles Seymour." Burlington Magazine CXVII (January 1975): 55-56.
1976
Middeldorf, Ulrich. Sculptures from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools XIV-XIX Century. London, 1976: 20, as Bust of a Lady (Simonetta Vespucci?)
1986
Boucher, Bruce. "Sculpture in the time of Donatello. Detroit and Fort Worth." Burlington Magazine 128, n. 994 (January 1986): 67-68.
1986
Wagner, Anni. "Skulptur der italienischen Renaissance in der Zeit Donatellos." Die Kunst (January 1986): 29-30.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 233, repro.
2001
Virtue and Beauty: Leonardo's Ginevra de' Benci and Renaissance Portraits of Women. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2001-2002: no. 24.
2005
Covi, Dario. Andrea del Verrocchio, Life and Work. Florence, 2005: 61-62.
2011
Gentilini, Giancarlo. "L'amorevolezza del maestro. Compagni e discepoli di Desiderio, 'giovane eccellente nella scultura.'" In Connors, Joseph, Alessandro Nova, Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi and Gerhard Wolf, eds. Papers from a colloquium held at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Max-Planck-Institut, and at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, May 9-12, 2007 on occasion of the exhibition in Florence dedicated to Desiderio da Settignano. Venice, 2011:101-122, esp. 114-115, 122 n. 49, repro. 115, as Verrocchio.