When Frida Kahlo first started painting, she painted many portraits of her close friends and family members. This painting is one of those and depicted her friend Alicia Galant. This painting is painted in the style of a 16th century Italian Renaissance portrait. Frida admires Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio and was following their styles for portrait when painted this one. It might also be inspired by Bronzino's painting "Eleonora di Toledo" with the lady posed aristocratically and the background being dark and gloomy. This painting shows signs of the Art Nouveau style that was popular at the time.