A similar fragment of puttis and a fruit garland (174 x 56 cm) in the Prado, Madird, #174, attributed to 'School of Rubens'
Van Mulders has suggested that this could have been the work made for the Duke of Buckingham, who certainly owned some sort of Madonna in a Garland. But this connection seems to be just speculation.
Variant attributed to Jan Brueghel the Younger and studio of Rubens, sold Sotheby's London, July 7, 2005 (panel, 105.7 x 80.7 cm). This version lacks the surrounding putti and the central figures are painted on a separate panel inset into the larger one.
In particular, the intersecting branches and the hollyhock blossoms in the wings of the angel at the right are contributed to Rubens.
Rubens completed the figures first and then sent the the piece to Jan Brueghel to finish the garland. In this is it unlike most of the collaborative works by these two, in which Jan seems to have taken the initiative and did the first stages of execution. It is also the largest collaboration by Rubens and Brueghel and was begun on a panel made up of seven planks, enlarged (as was typical of Rubens) by two more planks during the process of painting.