Justifying the title of "house of the centuries, true residence of the kings" that Napoleon had awarded it, the castle of Fontainebleau offers the memory of more than 700 years of presence of the sovereigns in France, since the enthronement of Louis VII in 1137 until at the fall of the Second Empire in 1870. Among the kings who remained there, it is necessary to make a place of choice to two of them: François I who, by appealing to Italian artists - Rosso and Primatice in particular - to decorate the castle he had rebuilt, introduced the art of the Renaissance in France and Henri IV then, under the reign of new work are undertaken, which, by promoting the emergence of the Second School of Fontainebleau, will give France its marks of artistic nobility.

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The Art of the Feast at the Valois Court

10 April 2022 4 July 2022
"In this court, one is occupied only with having a good time all day long, with jousts, with parties, with beautiful masquerades that are always different". With these words, Gian Battista Gambara, Mantua's ambassador to the French court, underlined the effervescence and magnificence of the festivities at the time of the Valois In the spring of 2022, the Château de Fontainebleau will bring to life the...

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