Francis I Scarf – Fontainebleau

One of the most important Dutch painters of his time, Joos van Cleve was among the artists attracted by the frenzy of artistic activity which Fontainebleau experienced during the reign of Francis I. He worked for some time for the French court, shortly after 1530, where, among other works, he painted the king’s portrait and that of his wife, Eleanor of Hapsburg. The presence of this northern portraitist at the court of Francis I reminds us that the king did not limit himself to welcoming Italian artists, but that he had also given work to Flemish or Dutch painters, who were then much in favour throughout Europe. The son of Charles of Angoulême and Louise of Savoy, and cousin of King Louis XII, whom he succeeded to the throne in 1515, Francis I is considered as the monarch who most symbolises the period of the French Renaissance. Master builder, sponsor, patron of the arts, his reign allowed a major flourishing of the arts in France to take place, as well as the diffusion of the

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The castle

The castle is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
From October to March: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (last access at 4:15 pm).
From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

Wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 11.

The tour is fully accessible, except for the Napoleon I and Chinese museums. As a compensation, the exit is through the Oval Court, exceptionally open for the occasion.

It is not necessary to reserve a visit slot for the castle or the gardens.

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