Trained by his father, Domenico Brusasorzi, Felice was mainly active in his native Verona. A journey to Florence, after his father's death in 1567, had a considerable influence on his artistic development. Later in his career Felice became well established in Verona and had several pupils among whom were Alessandro Turchi and Pasquale Ottino.
Brusasorzi based the composition of this picture on one of the same subject by Palma Giovane recorded by a print, dated 1594 by Aegidius Sadeler II after Palma. (The Illustrated Bartsch, 72, no. 46). Brusasorzi possibly painted the present picture in 1596, when Sadeler sojourned in Verona. That same year Felice painted an altarpiece of the same subject in the church of the Madonna di Campagna, Verona. The energetic broad brushstrokes and the strong chiaroscuro of this picture are characteristic of Felice Brusasorzi.
We are grateful to Mr Terence Mullaly for confirming the attribution.