Ottavio da Macerata, Macerata, Italy, acquired from the artist (?)
Private Collection, South America 
1991/05/31 – 1998/09/21
Piero Corsini Inc., New York, NY, purchased from an unknown South American private collector 
National Gallery of Canada, purchased from Piero Corsini Inc., New York, NY 
 Lotto's account book, the “Libro di Spese Diverse” lists eight “disegni, cioè teste colorite ad olio, in carta de naturale” [“drawings of heads, coloured, in oil, on paper, from nature”], among works of art paid to an “Otavio da Macerata” in settlement of a debt [L. Lotto, Libro di spese diverse, con aggiunta di lettere e d'altri documenti. Ed. P. Zampetti. (Np., 1969), p. 221 transcribing f. 157 r, for an entry dated to March 4, 1541, in Venice.]. The identification is speculative.
 The painting was included in a sale at Christie's, New York, on May 31, 1991 [“Important Old Master Paintings”, lot no. 129]. According to Christie's the consignor was a South American collector, who “had brought it to the Christie's offices in Rio de Janeiro” [C. Johnston, Justification for purchase, NGC curatorial file]. New York art dealer Piero Corsini purchased the painting at the 1991 sale.
 See note .
 The National Gallery of Canada purchased the work from Piero Corsini on September 21, 1998 [Accession log, NGC curatorial file].