Onophrius chose the life of a hermit, retreating to the wilderness to do penance. The landscape - part sheltering, part threatening - seems to mirror his intense emotion. Small paintings on copper were prized by collectors: viewing such a work was a personal, intimate experience, and the delicate touch of the brush repaid close study. The quality is extraordinary, and the unidentified artist likely specialized in painting on copper, a support favoured by many Northern artists. The painting is derived from a drawing by Muziano, suggesting that the artist was in his workshop. Muziano also had the drawing reproduced as a print, ensuring its fame.