The Fountainebleau

I finally had a breath of fresh air; it was the first time I had ventured out of Paris and into nature. After navigating the Metro and taking a train from the Gare de Lyon station, I finally made it to the countryside within 45 minutes.  Upon arriving, I meandered the Fountainebleau before encountering my favorite of interior spaces, the Gallery of Francis I. It was distinctively grand and never ending in it’s length. The hallway was lined with evenly spaced red chairs, and it housed some of the first examples of Renaissance work within France.

I was in total awe because it had been nearly a year since I had seen a fresco in person. Francis I had the hallways covered in them, and he had them decorated by Italian artists and craftsmen. The Sack of Rome had dispersed handfuls of skilled artists, such as Rosso Florentino, who was put in charge of the decoration at the Fountainebleau, which I became even more fond of after my excursion out of the city.

Another recognizable Italian influence is the us of mythological figures that reference the grand powers of the French nobility. Below I have posted a few images that exemplifies such influences.


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