The present painting is based on an engraving by Ludovico Carracci, dated by Bohn to circa 1608 (B. Bohn, Ludovico Carracci and the Art of Drawing, Oostkamp, 2004, p.381, no. 232). The engraving was the most popular of Ludovico's prints, and is known in four states and nine printed copies, of which some are in reverse.
PROPERTY OF A NEW ENGLAND COLLECTOR
Anonymous sale; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 15 April 1961, lot 241, as 'Giuseppe-Maria Crespi'.
Michael de Lisio, New York, by whom gifted to the present owner.