Only a sketch of this picture survives. It is imbeded in the Fitzwilliam Museum's
composite manuscript of
“The House of Life”. The drawing bears some resemblance to both the picture of
Madonna Pietra that DGR worked at in 1874 as well as the late oil (1880) of Mnemosyne.
Another drawing in the Fitzwilliam composite manuscript is closely related to this, and one perceives as well a network of similar pictures that would include
The Loving Cup, among many others. The relations pass into various textual works as well—for example,
“Lost Days” and
“The Vase of Life”.