Oil on canvas, 170.5cm by 120.5cm.
Muziano, who was born in Brescia, spent most of his working life in Rome. As a young man, he was known chiefly for his landscapes, and although he continued to paint landscapes throughout his life, he became more interested in monumental figural representation; the two here perfectly combined. He became the leading artist in Rome in the 1570s and 80s; his work appealing greatly to Counter Reformation patrons.
Questions have recently been raised about the attribution of this painting.