The work, cut on all 4 sides, turns out to be a fragment of a larger canvas of which we do not know the subject, nor the reasons for the reduction. The current dimensions of the work and its partial nature require a certain caution in order to attribute it to the great artist from Cento, to whom it refers more than one stylistic element. In particular, the work presents the expressive and pictorial characteristics of Guercino's first manner.
The artist is basically a self-taught person supported by an extraordinary natural talent and a spontaneism which is supported by an acute sense of observation and the discipline of drawing. All characteristics that we find in the fragment from Jesi that expresses a pictorial ductus of great value with thin and nervous brushstrokes, with the light that reveals the thickened grain of the skin, the turgor of the veins of the head, the woolly density of the beard and hair; while on the contrary the dense shadow emphasizes the sharp line of the cheeks, suggests the volumetric encumbrance of the shoulders, pushes the figure forward and constructs it plastically by contrast.