The Archinto family was one of the most important patrician families in Milan and were great patrons of the Arts and many of them became influential clergymen. One of the most important family members was Filippo Archinto (1500-1558), appointed by the Pope as Governor of Rome, Papal Nuncio to Venice and Archbishop of Milan respectively. It was during his time in Venice that he commissioned Titian to paint a portrait of him which is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Another member of the family, Alberico Archinto (1698-1758) was Cardinal Secretary of Vatican State and Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church. It is possible that the present lot was commissioned by him. In 1731, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo decorated the ceiling of Palazzo Archinto with mythological scenes.