Juan Martín Cabezalero's early death ended an extremely promising career; his rare surviving works are known for their consistently high quality. Modest and studious, Cabezalero trained with Juan Carreño de Miranda, Madrid's most prominent court painter after Diego Velázquez. The two were on such close terms that in 1666
Cabezalero was still living in Carreño's house. Both artists shared an admiration for Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck, whose elegant, colorful style Cabezalero absorbed and marked with his own personality. Light, intense colors and pearly whites distinguish Cabezalero's vibrant style; his characteristic system of modeling used broad planes of light with strong outlines.