The Antwerp painter Gerard Seghers spent a while in Italy and learned to paint there in the manner of Caravaggio. From 1630, the influence of Rubens becomes greater in his work. This is evident from this magisterial painting. Both the composition and certain figures and the use of color refer to paintings by Rubens on the same popular theme. Seghers and the fourteenyearold Rubens have also worked together. Yet there are also differences: in his use of color, Seghers leans towards Rubens, but his special drawing style of painting isolates the figures from their surroundings. This is not the case with Rubens' more pictorial style.