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The BNP Paribas Foundation is sponsoring the publication of an album devoted to the art collections in the Château de Fontainebleau. The work invites us to discover the history of the château and admire its artistic treasures, which are often little known. It contains numerous illustrations and texts by Xavier Salmon, director of the Château de Fontainebleau site and collections, and Christophe Beyeler, Yves Carlier, Vincent Cochet and Vincent Droguet, curators at the château.
With over 1,500 rooms set in 130 hectares of parkland and gardens, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial castle that has been continuously occupied for seven centuries. In this exceptional setting several centuries of history have been preserved, running from the Renaissance to the Second Empire, recalling such great figures as François I, Henri IV and Napoleon Bonaparte. Majestic pieces such as the Duke of Orleans' commemorative wedding cabinet (1840), with its beautiful wooden panels and bisque porcelain, stand beside paintings of exceptional beauty, such as the Royal Elephant in Rosso Fiorentino's fresco in the François I gallery. Such works highlight the château's exceptional architecture, its key rooms and the collection's other outstanding items testifying to the taste of this unique site's occupants over the centuries.
Among its main missions, the BNP Paribas Foundation is committed to preserving the wealth of museums and ensuring that it gains greater recognition. For this reason it supports the restoration of major works of art and the publication of books in the collection Musées et Monuments de France, the launch of which it promoted over twenty years ago.
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