This sheet, portraying a story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, depicts Jupiter and the beautiful young Io. After enveloping Io in a dark cloud, Jupiter seduced her and, to conceal her identity from his wife Juno, transformed Io into a heifer (portrayed at lower left). The sculpturesque figures reveal the inspiration of Michelangelo. The drawing has been squared in red chalk, a technique used to transfer the design to another surface -- although its intended destination is unknown. Francesco Salviati studied in Florence and worked in Rome and various Northern Italian cities as a painter (especially of frescoes), a designer for tapestries, goldsmith’s work, prints, and book illustrations.