Rosalba Carriera was one of the most successful women artists of her generation. Her pastel portraits in delicate and subtly blended colours attracted an international clientele. The provenance of this portrait suggests that it was probably executed in Venice and the sitter is likely to be a native of that city.
The pastel also has a Venetian 18th-century frame which is most likely original. The portrait was likely produced during the 1720s after Carriera's return from Paris in 1721. The work's luminous, silvery tonality is achieved through Carriera's use of a restricted palette and careful modelling of the young man's face, wig and grey coat with embroidered brocade.