This work was attributed to Zurbarán in the 21st century by professor Cesare Alpini, when he visited the Ajuda National Palace in 2007.
Francisco de Zurbarán was born in Badajoz in 1598, he died in Madrid in 1664. He was a Spanish baroque painter who along with Murillo (1617-1682) and Velázquez was considered a master of this period. Initially from the Caravaggio school, his work began to resemble that of the mannerist Italians and like the work of Velázquez it became progressively realistic. His compositions are characterised by contrasting bright and dark tones