Riccardo Lattuada, to whom are grateful, has tentatively suggested an attribution to Joseph Heintz the Younger for this fascinating allegorical scene. Heintz was the son and pupil of the Prague painter Joseph Heintz the Elder and stepson of Matthäus Gundelach. Though born in Augsburg, his career was largely spent in Italy, notably in Venice and Rome, where in 1644 Pope Urban VIII made him a Knight of the Golden Spur. Although he is well-remembered for his renderings of Venetian ceremonies and festivities, he also turned his hand to allegorical scenes, recognized for their energetic handling and sometimes bizarre details, that parallels those found in the present work. Among his most famous allegorical scenes, teeming with a myriad of figures and symbols is today in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.1
1. Oil on canvas, 130.5 by 164 cm., inv. no. 9096.