Given to the museum in 1961 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the work was originally attributed to the master himself. But in 1970, the Rembrandt Research Project, a Dutch scholarly organization working to complete a new catalogue raisonné of his paintings, demoted the painting. The Project reevaluated all of the Rembrandt works they could access, removing many paintings from their official list. Several of the paintings, like Portrait of the Young Woman, have since been added back.
Because of the Research Project’s assessment, since 1971, the oil on panel painting was displayed with the caveat “attributed to the studio of Rembrandt van Rijn.” Now displayed without this stipulation, the subtle change in title reflects a huge leap in the value of the painting, and expands the list of known Rembrandt works, offering scholars new insights into his life and works.