With its richness, complexity and power to surprise, the magnificent chateau of Fontainebleau reflects the history of France. From Francis I (the chateau was his favorite residence) to Napoleon III, each sovereign left a unique mark on the structure and its grounds. Its pavilions, courts and gardens retain the echo of the artists and craftsmen who worked there.This beautifully illustrated book traces the continual work and alterations carried out until the Second Empire. Simultaneously, it features events for which Fontainebleau served as a backdrop: the visit of Emperor Charles V in 1539, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and Napoleon's farewell to his guard in the Cour du Cheval Blanc.Following a radical re-analysis of the chateau, the author updates the nineteenth-century view in which the contributions of French artists were emphasized to the detriment of those by the Italians. Each of the buildings is illustrated by documents, offering the reader a glimpse into the evolution of this historic chateau.George Fessy's photographs convey the grandeur of Fontainebleau which, along with Versailles, is still one of the most splendid of Europe's royal residences.
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1528 specification Abbe Guilbert Ambroise Dubois Androuet Du Cerceau architect Belle Cheminee building built ceiling Cellini Charles Percier chateau of Fontainebleau Cheval Blanc Cour des Offices Cour du Cheval Cour Ovale court Dauphin decoration depicting drawing by Rodolphe engraving facade flight of steps Fontaine Francois Premier wing French Fresco and stucco Galerie d'Ulysse Galerie de Diane Galerie Francois Premier Gilles Le Breton Grand Jardin Henri IV Henri IV's horseshoe-shaped flight Italian Jacques Androuet Jardin de Diane king King's bedchamber l'Orme Louis XIII Louis XV Louis XV wing Louvre measured drawing Napoleon Nicolo dell'Abate overlooking the Jardin painted painter Paris Pavillon des Armes Pavillon des Orgues Pavillon des Poeles Photo Hautefeuille Porte Doree Primaticcio queen-mothers RMN-Photo Willi Rodolphe Pfnor Rosso Fiorentino royal apartments Saint-Saturnin Saint-Saturnin chapel Salle de Bal Salle du Guet scheme School of Fontainebleau Sebastiano Serlio sixteenth century staircase stucco Toussaint Dubreuil Trinite church vaulting wainscoting