The epigraph on the back of the painting tells us the
identity of the sitter and the name of the artist. Among the works of this genre, the portrait is
certainly one of Crespi's best works. The
lack of surroundings and decorative details, together with the typical
front-facing half-length setting, allow the viewer to focus on the quality of
the painting. The man’s face is realistic: an antihero, aware of what his
task entails, holding a skull, symbol of "memento mori".