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School of Fontainebleau




Fontainebleau school

[Fr. Ecole de Fontainebleau].

Term that encompasses work in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, stuccowork and printmaking, produced from the 1530s to the first decade of the 17th century in France. It evokes an unreal and poetic world of elegant, elongated figures, often in mythological settings, as well as incorporating rich, intricate ornamentation with a characteristic type of strapwork. The phrase was first used by Adam von Bartsch in Le Peintre-graveur (21 vols, Vienna, 1803–21), referring to a group of etchings and engravings, some of which were undoubtedly made at Fontainebleau in France. More generally, it designates the art made to decorate the château of Fontainebleau, built from 1528 by Francis I and his successors, and by extension it covers all works that reflect the art of Fontainebleau.  With the re-evaluation of MANNERISM in the 20th century, the popularity of the Fontainebleau school has increased hugely. There has also been an accompanying increase in the difficulty of defining the term precisely. 


Diana at the Bath
Oil on wood, 105 x 76 cm
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dijon


Diane de Poitiers
Dffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basle


Gabrielle d'Estrees and one of her Sister
Oil on canvas, 96 x 125 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris



Two Women Bathing



Diana Huntress
Oil on canvas, 192 x 133 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris



Allegorie de l'eau
Musee du Louvre, Paris



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