Born in Genoa in 1857, Giovanni Battista Torriglia eventually made a permanent move moved to Florence to complete his artistic training. Unlike many studio artists of the time, he he received a number of commissions to decorate the interiors of several churches in the towns of Salviola, Monte Fignoga, and Sestre Levante to name a few.
Best known as a genre painter, Torriglia was particularly revered for his sensitive depictions of domestic family life. His paintings generally involve multi-figured compositions and involve a strong narrative element. In the present work, a family is engaged by the arrival of a dove. The artist pays particular attention to rendering with great precision every visual detail as the scene unfolds from the folds in the dresses of the women to the detail in the wings of the dove.