This landscape is a fine example of the collaborative working relationship between Magnasco and Peruzzini. It can be dated to circa
1715–1717, the moment when the former was working in Milan after a successful six-year period in Florence under the employ of Ferdinando de’Medici. The characteristic vigour of Magnasco's figure painting technique led to great commercial success in his own day, though his artistic personality was largely ignored during the second half of the 18th and the entire 19th century. It was not until Benno Geiger's 'rediscovery' of the artist in the early 20th century that Magnasco resumed his rightful place in the history of North Italian landscape painting. Alessandro was born in Genoa, the son of the painter Stefano Magnasco, and he probably travelled to Milan as a young man in 1681–82. There he worked as a figure-painter (figurista
) for a number of landscapists, collaborating with the architectural-painter Clemente Spera and most successfully with the Ancona born landscape-painter Antonio Francesco Peruzzini, as attested to by the biographer Carlo Giuseppe Ratti (1737–1795).
Dr Daniele de Sarno has previously endorsed the attribution of this picture to Magnasco and Peruzzini, as well as the dating to circa 1715–1717.