Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Location Fontainebleau, France   map
Date ~ 1550   timeline
Building Type chateau - palace - huge house
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context rural estate
Style Renaissance


Photo, historical

Photo, historical

Photo, historical



Plan Drawing

Discussion Chateau de Fontainebleau Commentary

"The chateau was built from 1528 onwards around the keep of a small medieval chateau, the work being carried out in several stages that lasted until the 18th century; hence the irregularity in plan and lack of unity in style. Even so, the initial plan, which was probably the result of successive decisions under Fran¨ois I, was largely adhered to. The Gallery of Fran¨ois I, with its frescoes framed in stucco by Rosso, of between 1522 and 1540, is the first great decorated gallery built in France."

—John Julius Norwich. The World Atlas of Architecture. p287.

Sources on Chateau de Fontainebleau

John Fitzhugh Millar. Classical Architecture in Renaissance Europe 1419-1585. Virginia: Thirteen Colonies Press, 1987. ISBN 0-934943-07-9. LC 86-50560. NA510.M55. elevation drawing, plate 37, p68.

Peter Murray. Architecture of the Renaissance. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971. ISBN 8109-1000-4. LC 70-149850. NA510.M87. site plan drawing, fig483, p324.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. photo of gallery, cutaway drawing, p159. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at

John Julius Norwich. The World Atlas of Architecture. New York: Portland House, 1988. ISBN 0-517-66875-0. discussion p287.

Charles Terrasse. Fontainebleau. Paris: Draeger et Verve, 1951. exterior photo of stairs, p25. interior photo of vestibule du col de cygne, p133. interior photo of salon de diane, p159. exterior photo of porte doree, frontispiece. exterior photo of estate, p14-15.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Chateau de Fontainebleau


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