This early work by Bergognone reveals the strong influence of Vincenzo Foppa.
In the background to the right, the Charterhouse at Pavia is seen in the course of construction which suggests the dating for this picture. Bergognone was one of the leading painters in Milan at the time, and made several paintings for Pavia
The composition of this painting is close to that of a large altarpiece painted by Altomonte in 1723-24 for high altar of the church of the Carmelites (Karmeliterkirche) in Linz. The painting is signed and dated bottom right: Martino Altomonte / Pinx. Ao. 1737.