Oil on panel, 63.5cm by 72.5cm.
Van Orley was a Flemish Renaissance painter who was strongly influenced by the works of Italian artists of the period, particularly those of Raphael. He was also much influenced by Albrecht Dürer, who referred to him as “the Raphael of the Netherlands”. In 1581, van Orley was appointed official court painter to Margarete of Austria, the Regent of the Netherlands. He was also a noted draughtsman and a highly skilled designer of tapestries and stained glass, which he concentrated on exclusively from about 1530.