Chateau at Amboise

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  • Chateau at Amboise
  • Chateau d'Amboise
  • View: Chapelle St-Hubert, overall view looking out towards battlements

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Title

Chateau at Amboise
Chateau d'Amboise
View: Chapelle St-Hubert, overall view looking out towards battlements

Subject

architecture; rulers and leaders; Francis I, King of France, 1494-1547; Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519 ; House of Valois

Description

Built in the eleventh century on a promontory overlooking the Loire River to control a strategic ford that was replaced in the Middle Ages by a bridge. Expanded and improved over time, on 4 September 1434 it was seized by Charles VII of France. Once in royal hands, the chateau became a favourite of French kings; Charles VIII decided to rebuild it extensively, beginning in 1492 at first in the French late Gothic Flamboyant style and then after 1495 employing two Italian mason-builders, Domenico da Cortona and Fra Giocondo, who provided at Amboise some of the first Renaissance decorative motifs seen in French architecture. The names of three French builders are preserved in the documents: Colin Biart, Guillaume Senault and Louis Armangeart. On 12 August 1519 Leonardo da Vinci was buried in the church of St. Florentin at Amboise, although his remains are thought later to have been transferred to the chapel of St Hubert at the chateau of Amboise. Leonardo had been invited to France by Francis I.

Creator

Colin Biart (French master mason, active ca. 1493-1520); Domenico da Cortona (Italian architect, ca. 1470-ca. 1549) and others

Source

Description: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Date

1434-1496 (alteration)

Rights

Nat Collins

Format

stone

Type

castle (fortification); chateau; royal palace

Identifier

ambo112x.jpg

Coverage

Amboise, Centre, France; Indre-et-Loire departement of the Loire Valley
Flamboyant; Late Gothic; Renaissance

Files

Citation

Colin Biart (French master mason, active ca. 1493-1520); Domenico da Cortona (Italian architect, ca. 1470-ca. 1549) and others, “Chateau at Amboise,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2689.

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