The painting dates to the years around 1690, towards the end of Solimena's youthful phase, when he was strongly influenced by the virtuosity of Luca Giordano's style. Bernardo De Dominici, in his Vite de' pittori, scultori, ed architetti napoletani of 1743, wrote of the affinity between, and mutual respect of the two painters, who, during the 1680s were both busy on important fresco cycles within the churches of Naples and often found themselves working side by side.
1. N. Spinosa, Pittura Napoletana del Settecento dal Barocco al Rococo, Naples 1993, p. 101, reproduced fig. 9.
2. Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, Italian and the Italianate, exh. cat., 20 June – 30 July 1990, London, cat. no. 13, reproduced.
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