Reminiscing in the Parlor : Leisurely Viewing Stereographs
Title:
Galerie de Henry II at the Château De Fontainebleau, Paris, France
Date:
1877
Photographer:
Lamy, E.
Place:
France/Paris
Processing Method:
Albumen Print
Print Size:
7 x 3.438
Description:
One tissue stereograph of the Galerie de Henry II at the Château De Fontainebleau, Paris, France. The photograph shows the large ballroom built by Henry II. The front of the card is embossed with a decorative border around the photographs and the initials "EL" for E. Lamy, photographer. The back has the initials "M.F.H." and the name of the site. This stereograph is part of a number of tissue cards, many of which are dated 1877, and seems to have been from a grand tour of England, Germany, Italy and France.
Notes:
Loved by French kings for its closeness to great hunting opportunities, the Château de Fontainbleau makes a delightful side trip from Paris. The palace was Napoleon's favorite residence. King Francois I turned the hunting lodge into a kingly palace and even hired the services of Italian artist Benvenuto Cellini. The impressive Louis XV staircase is one of the highlights of the tour.

Used by the Kings of France from the 12th century, the hunting residence of Fontainebleau, at the heart of a vast forest in the Ile-de-France, was transformed, enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by Francois I, who wanted to make a "New Rome" of it. Surrounded by an immense park, the palace, of Italian inspiration, combines Renaissance and French artistic traditions.

The Château de Fontainebleau consists of a cluster of various styles from different time periods. Louis VII had an abbey built here that was consecrated by Thomas Beckett in 1169. A medieval tower survives but the present château dates back primarily to François I. Of particular note are the Salle de Bal, the Galerie François I and the Escalier du Fer-à-Cheval. This imposing horseshoe-shaped staircase by Jean Androuet du Cerceau was built in 1634. Its clever design allows carriages to pass beneath the two arches. The Renaissance ballroom, with its musicians balcony, was designed by Primaticcio (1552) and finished under Henry II. His emblems adorn the walnut coffered ceiling, forming a pattern reflected in the parquet floor as well. The gilded Galerie François I is a tribute to the Italian artists in the Ecole de Fontainebleau. Rosso Fiorentino's allegorical frescoes pay homage to the king's wish to create a "second Rome".
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