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Vicenzo II Gonzaga (1594-1627), 6th Duke of Mantua, sold in 1627-28 together with the majority of his collection to
Charles I of England (1600-1649).
Mantua, Archivio di Stato, Archivio Gonzaga, 1626-27, envelope 330, folio 710r.
A. van der Doort, Inventory of the Collections of Charles I of England, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Ms. Ashmolean 1514, folio 61.
A catalogue of the works of art in the Long Gallery, Chair Room and Cabinet Room at Whitehall, National Arts Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Ms. 86.J 13, folio 11, no. 5: 'A Peece of Diana, Acteon and foure Nymphs by Augustine Caratz'.
C. D'Arco, Delle arti e artifici di Mantova, Mantua, 1857, II, p. 160, no. 200.
A. Luzio, La Galleria dei Gonzaga venduta all'Inghilterra nel 1627-28, Milan, 1913, p. 109, no. 278.
L'Ècole de Fontainebleau, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1939, p. 64.
The School of Fontainebleau, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1940, p. 64.
O. Millar, ed., 'Abraham van der Doort's Catalogue of the Collections of Charles I', The Walpole Society, XXXVI, 1958-60, p. 46, as '23, A Mantua Peece done by one of [insert: te] karazeeos...item by Quicksilver a defaced picture [insert: pijntit op de lijeht] of Acteon and Diana bathing with diverse Nimphs in a woddden frame Conteyning 6 intire figures [insert: les tan] halfe soe bigg as the life in a wodden. frame...[hight-Breadth] 2 f 7 - 3 f 7'
D. Posner, Annibale Carracci: A study in the reform of Italian painting around 1590, London, 1971, II, p. 78, as 'from the Roman Workshop of Annibale Carracci'.
P. Cooney, et al., L'Opera Completa di Annibale Carracci, Milan, 1976, p. 130, no. 193, as 'Attributed to Annibale Carracci'.
C. van Tuyll, 'Giovanni Antonio Solari: un "nuovo" carraccesco', Paragone, no, 377, July 1981, pp. 28-29, 31, note 17, fig. 43, as 'Roman Workshop of Annibale Carracci, tentatively ascribed to his pupil Giovanni Antonio Solari c. 1581-1666'.
J.D. Reid, et al., The Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s, New York and Oxford, 1993, I, p. 19, as 'Studio of Agostino Carracci'.
R. Morselli, Le collezioni Gonzaga: l'elenco dei beni del 1626-1627, Milan, 2000, p. 292, no. 942, as 'Nella galeria [sic] piciola...un quadro dipintovi Anteot [sic, for Acteon] converso in un cervo, con cornici fregiate d'oro, stimato lire 60. F'.
Paris, Wildenstein, L'École de Fontainebleau, December 1939.
New York, Wildenstein, The School of Fontainebleau, 31 October-30 November 1940.
New York, Wildenstein, The painter as historian, 15 November-31 December 1962, no. 3.