Dr. Joachim Jacoby has suggested that this drawing could be a modello by an artist from Hans von Aachen's studio or that it could be a studio drawing made directly for the commercial market. Jacoby points out that the style of the drawing is very close to von Aachen's drawings and that the wash and the rework in the Christ figure are characteristic of von Aachen (for a drawing by von Aachen with a similar use of wash, see Allegory of the Battle at Selimbar in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Inv. 2008.206). The more schematic approach and strong contours, however, are not typical of von Aachen's drawings and indicate that the drawing was made in the artist's studio.
We are grateful to Dr. Joachim Jacoby for his assistance in cataloguing this drawing.