Naples was ruled by the Austrian Habsburgs from 1717 to 1735. This is the same period during which Solimena was the most renoun painter working in the city, and through his connection to the Habsburgs he received many commissions from across Europe. The sitter in this portrait has not been identified, but from his dress and appearance it is likely he came from Austria or Germany. This painting was formerly in the collection of American automobile magnate Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
Francesco Solimena Portrait of a Foreign Diplomat: Francesco Solimena About 1730-32 © Compton Verney