Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink, "P. vago"; at lower right, in pen and gray-brown ink, a symbol looking like a vertical line with a loop on either side; to the right of this, in pen and brown ink, "60.R"; on mount, at center, just beneath the drawing, in graphite, "Pierin del Vaga 1500-1547"; on verso of mount, in graphite, "2289 (encircled)"; "L 45 000".
The Life of Christ. Drawings from the János Scholz Collection: Italian Drawings from the 16th through the 18th Century, exh. cat., University of Notre Dame Art Gallery, South Bend, Indiana, 1964, no. 44 (Girolamo Muziano).
Charles Ryskamp ed., Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library 1978-1980, New York, 1981, p. 206 (Girolamo Muziano).
Richard-Raymond Alasko with a further essay by Lawrence S. Lowic, Religious Narrative in 16th Century Rome, exh. cat., Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1983, no. 26, p. 68.
John Marciari, Girolamo Muziano and Art in Rome, circa 1550-1600, Ph.D. diss., Yale University, 2000, pp. 300-301, 510, fig. 355.
Felice Stampfle, and Jacob Bean. Drawings from New York collections. I: The Italian Renaissance. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1965, no. 123, repr.
Michelangelo and his World, with Drawings from the British Museum. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 32.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
Study for "The Consignment of the Keys to St. Peter", altarpiece in S. Maria degli Angeli, Rome.
Scholz, János, former owner.