Jan Cossiers's work focuses on historical painting, religious themes, and portraits. He is considered one of the leading artists in Antwerp after Rubens's death in 1640, as well as a significant colourist throughout Flanders in the 17th century.
The boy has a lively expression on his face, as if waiting for a response from the viewer. The image is primarily in shades of brown, reflected primarily in the background and the boy's clothing.
(expert opinion: Dr. Klaus Ertz, Lingen)