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Oriane Beaufils: Anchoring the Château de Fontainebleau in Modernity

Published on , by Anne Doridou-Heim

The curator at the Château de Fontainebleau since 2016 has no shortage of plans, from restorations to exhibitions and promoting the legacy of François I.

© Christie's images 2022 Oriane Beaufils: Anchoring the Château de Fontainebleau in Modernity

© Christie's images 2022

Oriane Beaufils, the painting curator at the Château de Fontainebleau, asserts her passion for Renaissance art while rooting the monument in modernity. Her goal is transmission, a priority for a woman who, during her training, gave art history lessons in prison, and teaches iconography at the École du Louvre today. The Château de Fontainebleau is usually associated with Napoleon, but it’s a Renaissance monument. How do you intend to feature that aspect? Fontainebleau’s grand Renaissance decorations are the main reason I dreamed of being here. They’re probably the ones that made its glory over the centuries. I’m fascinated by François I, one of the greatest sovereigns Europe ever had, a great intellectual surrounded by men and women of letters. Brantôme called him the "father and true restorer of arts and letters". French artist Nicolas Poussin said the decorations were a school for painters and, much later, André Malraux called them "the Sistine Chapel of m annerism". They were created by Italian…
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