|Mars and Venus (1530), pen and ink|
The work that secured Rosso an invitation to the court of France.
"Nor could he in this life have obtained greater dignity, honor, or rank, since he was highly regarded and esteemed above everyone else in his craft by such a great monarch as the king of France. And in truth, the merits of Rosso were such that if Fortune had brought him any less, she would have done him a grave wrong."
---Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Italian painter, writer and historian
Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects (1550)