Sunday, 3 November 2013
The Gallery of Francis I
The Gallery of Francis I is famous for being a masterpiece of Renaissance art and holds the title of being the oldest gallery in the mayor French royal castles - the Gallery of Francis I itself was built before 1528 whereas both the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the Apollo Gallery at the Louvre are more than 100 years younger! The gallery is dominated by large frescoes in stucco frames by Rosso Fiorentino who completed his work in 1540. The frescoes depicts either mythological scenes or strong references to Francis I - much like Louis XIV would do at Versailles. The gallery connects the royal apartments with the Chapel of the Trinity. During the reign of Louis-Philippe it underwent great restorations and another great campaign was launched as late as the 1960's.