Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Art History, French

Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors, Honors College

First Advisor

Kelley Di Dio

Second Advisor

Charles-Louis Morand Métivier


French Renaissance, Francis I, Château de Fontainebleau, Charles V, Renaissance Self-Fashioning


This thesis investigates the connection between King Francis I’s

patronage of Italian antique sculpture and his assembly of artists for his

renovations at the Chateau de Fontainebleau with the development and overall

success of the French Renaissance. The research seeks to define Francis I’s central

techniques of self-fashioning through patronage of Italian art and employment of

Italian artists, as well as his relative success in ‘conquering’ Italy in his feud

against Holy Roman Emperor Charles V through a cultural adoption and

popularization of Italian Renaissance style. The project focuses on the lasting

effects of the housing and display of these antique-style works at the lavishly

decorated Chateau de Fontainebleau, and in his personal gallery, the Galerie

François Premier.

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