Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Virtual Tour

The internet is a wonderful thing. Poking around today looking for information about the palace of Fontainebleau, I found this neat video tour that offers a panoramic view from four vantage points in the palace (two exterior, two interior). The view of the lagoon is stunning. I'm not sure how much of the décor of the Salon François I is original (the palace has been renovated and redecorated innumerable times through the centuries), but the stucco decorations above the fireplace are surely the work of Rosso or Primaticcio. Unfortunately, and inexplicably, the tour does not include a visit to the Galerie François I, which has been faithfully restored to its original state and is the showpiece of the palace.

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