Diego Velazquez took many years to perfect his skills as a portrait painter, and along the way he received a steady flow of commissions from many high ranking figures. The finance that this work brought in allowed him to travel around Europe on several occasions and continue to experience new influences and ideas.

There is relatively little information currently available on this particular portrait, perhaps due to it receiving less exposure that some of Velazquez's other paintings which are on display in major national galleries. We do at least know the year that it was produced, and from that can compare it with other paintings from around this period of his career.