The picture was probably intended as an overdoor or similar decoration. It is a copy after a marble relief of 1626 by François Duquesnoy (Flemish, 1597–1643) in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome. There exist numerous sculpted and pictorial copies after the original. There is an ivory copy in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and painted examples by Desportes, Watteau, and Chardin. A painted version was sold at Christie's, South Kensington, December 12, 2003, no. 112, as Circle of Jacob de Wit. A painted version of 1748 by Simon Michel Liégeois was sold at Sotheby's, Monaco, December 2, 1994, no. 22. The composition also appears as a stone relief at the bottom of Gerard Dou's "Self-portrait" (MMA 14.40.607).