Grand Entrance Mythology Themed French Palace
Earliest record of a fortified castle at Fontainebleau dates to 1137. This door is found in the Gallery of Francis I in the Palace of Fontainebleau in France. Originally just a passageway from the king’s apartments to the chapel of the convent Trinitaires, Francis I recreated this into a gallery and achieved much more than just having it be a passage. The Gallery of Francis I created the blueprint that other galleries began to model themselves after and introduced the Renaissance style to France. It also created its own artistic style, known as the School of Fontainebleau, a combination of painting, decoration, and architectural design to create a complete environment.
A beautiful and heavily carved work, the door displays symbols and portraits of many gods and stories from Greek mythology. Hercules is shown wearing his lion skin from the first of his 12 Labors. The center of the door holds the quiver of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Behind the quiver, you can just see the caduceus that is carried by Hermes, the god of commerce, speed, and cunning, and the torch of Olympic fire that the Titan Prometheus gave to mankind. At the top of the door is a portrait of Medusa, one of the Gorgons whose gaze would turn men to stone. In Ancient Greece, Gorgons were often carved on buildings and objects as a form of protection. This Greek Mythology door also uses a style from the Renaissance that was unique to France where a double paneled door is fashioned in such a way that it appears to be a single panel when closed.
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