Oil on canvas, 66cm by 81.5cm.
Palma was born into a family of painters in Venice. His style was close to that of Tintoretto (1519-1594) and in his first major commission, he worked with Tintoretto and Veronese (1528-1588) on the Doge’s Palace after a fire in 1577. He would later paint a magnificent portrait of Pope Pius V which is now in the Chianciano Museum of Art near to Siena. He painted many cycles of large canvases for both sacred and secular buildings and after Tintoretto’s death in 1594, he remained one of the leading Venetian painters.