The Gallery of Diana, and The Stairway of the King

In today’s post we’ll be looking at two more rooms at Chateau de Fontainebleau.

At 80 metres long the Galerie de Diane, or Gallery of Diana, is the longest room at Chateau de Fontainebleau.

It was originally built by Henry IV century as a place for the Queen to promenade which kind of cracks me up.

What do you buy your wife who has everything? A place to stroll, see and be seen obviously.

Over the years, the space went through several changes and in the mid 1850’s it was finally turned into a library by Napoleon III. The large globe near the entrance came from the office of Napoleon in the Tuileries Palace.

Now let’s move onto the Stairway of the King, which is packed with frescoes and carved stucco.

Installed in mid-1700’s in the space earlier occupied by Anne de Pisseleu, a favourite of Francis I, it was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel. He apparently used many of the original decorative features. Not exactly the same going to the second hand shop looking for vintage pieces to decorate our home with, is it?

The upper portion of the walls is divided into panels representing the love life of Alexander the Great. The paintings are framed by large statues of women by Primatice, who designed Anne de Pisseleu’s room.

And here’s the show stopper ceiling which gave me a neck ache from tilting my head back to gaze at it.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a mix of rooms and decorative touches that I enjoyed during our wander through the palace. See you soon!

Bonne journée!

Marla

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