He was the best pupil of Pietro di Cortona and his design was even more correct. He was elected Prince of the Roman Academy of St. Luke, and afterwards called to France where Louis XIV made him paint several extensive works. He composed with great facility, drew correctly and gave much grace to his heads. [P. 5; see entry 04100001 for a note on the work's provenance.]
Catalogue of the Quebec Gallery of Paintings, Engravings, etc., the Property of Jos. Legare, St. Angele Street, corner of St. Helen Street. Quebec: E.R. Frechette, Printer and Stationer, No 13, Mountain Street, Lower-Town, 1852.