Oil on canvas, 23cm by 20cm.
An inscription on the reverse of the painting records: ‘Monsieur Fonsecca’ and Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), for whom the painting was almost certainly acquired, lists: ‘Fonsega’.
There is a version of the painting in the Bologna Pinacoteca.
Schedone trained mainly in Rome where he was influenced by the work of Caravaggio (1571-1610). He then worked chiefly in Parma where his early paintings were influenced by his study of Corregio (1489-1534), and his native Modena, where he painted at the court of Cesare d’Este. His later work was said to have been influenced by that of Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619).