Oil on canvas. 23cm by 65.5cm.
The artist was born in Bologna in 1606 and died in Rome in 1680. He was both a painter and an architect and was known as il Bolognese from his place of birth. He was perhaps a pupil of the Carracci, to whom he was related, and painted both portraits and landscapes. Later, in Rome, he was appointed architect to Pope Paul V and was also patronised by later popes. He spent two years in France working for both Cardinal Mazarin and Louis IV, chiefly as an architect, but he also painted frescoes in the Louvre.