The attribution is due to Dottor Gianluca Bocchi. A homogeneous body of paintings was first grouped together by Raffaello Causa in 1972 around the artist's eponymous work depicting a Still life with grapes and pomegranates
in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.1
The as-yet anonymous artist was active in Rome in the close circle of Michelangelo Pace del Campidoglio; it has even been proposed that the works grouped under the Metropolitan Master's name are in fact works by Pace at a different stage of his career.
1. See F. Zeri, La natura morta in Italia, Milan 1989, vol. II, p. 784, reproduced fig. 921.