Salviati’s many surviving drawings reflect his fecund imagination, technical proficiency, and stylistic flair. This sheet is notable for its skillful application of brown wash, including thick strokes, quick accents, and sinuous contours. The artist’s bravura graphic performance is matched by his playful interpretation of the subject: a soldier in a quasiballetic pose. The young man balances on one foot while gingerly lifting a curtain, whose volume and heft Salviati has conveyed through masterfully modulated brown wash. Unconnected to any of the artist’s known projects, this large, highly finished drawing was likely intended to function as an independent work of art.