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Jupiter and Io

Attributed to Francesco Salviati (Francesco de' Rossi) (Italian, Florence 1510–1563 Rome)

Date:
mid-16th century
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk; squared in red chalk.
Dimensions:
9 5/16 x 7 1/16 in. (23.6 x 17.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.321
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    [Prejean, Paris(?)]. Acquired by Robert Lehman in November 1955.

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