Born at Florence, 1488. Died, 1530. This beautiful and well preserved painting on panel, exhibits the gracefulness of composition, the sweetness, transparency, and harmony of color for which this great master was justly celebrated. The unequated quality of his carnation tints, the peculiar cast of his draperies, and the truthful manner in which he represented the indistinctness of objects in shadow, have led the highest art critics, to give him a place among the very few who could vie with RAPHAEL. This picture was purchased in Florence during the early part of the present century, by MENCHETTI, of Rome, since which time it has never been out of the family until sold by his son to the present owner in 1863. Originally verified with certificates from PROF. ALLESANDRO CAPALTI,/ PROF. ALFONZO CHIEVICI,/ Councellors [sic] Academy St. Luke, Rome./ V. SCHMITZ,/ Director of the French Academy in Rome./ PROF. SANGUINETTI,/ Director of the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome. [P. 3.]
Catalogue of Original Oil Paintings, both Ancient and Modern, the Entire Collection of J.G. Batterson, Esq., now on exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Company. 1864.