"[I] would have stayed, were it not for my great desire to see Chambord, which I found such that no one is worthy of praising it other than its maker, who, by his perfect works, causes his perfection to be admired." It is in these terms that the sister of King Francis I, Marguerite de Navarre, expresses her amazement at discovering the Château de Chambord that she visits in his absence. On of the monarch's "perfect works"... Chambord is indeed universally admired by visitors in the XVIth century and during the centuries that followed, whether they were a king, prince or princess, diplomat, writer or a traveler simply passing by. The castle's singular and unique architecture is an example of the genius of Renaissance men and an architectural ideal. There is much to be said about its central plan, an innovation in France, its double spiral staircase, independent dwellings, terraces, harmonious facades, and the towering constructions the give it a unique silhouette. Chambord was born from the fruitful encounter of France and Italy, tradition and innovation, power and lightness, solidness and delicacy. We encourage you to discover, through this virtual exhibition, iconic elements of the architecture of the Chambord castle, and everything that makes this palace a symbol of the French Renaissance throughout the world and a place of wonder. Don't forget to click on the images to discover new details and comments!
Auteurs de l'exposition :
Virginie Berdal, chargée de recherches (Domaine national de Chambord)
et Eric Johannot, chargé de recherches et de l'action éducative (Domaine national de Chambord)
Avec la participation de Luc Forlivesi, conservateur général du patrimoine, directeur du patrimoine et des publics (Domaine national de Chambord).
Sélection des images, création de l'exposition : Virginie Berdal
Catharina Bruley, Cultural Institute Coordinator (Google).
La société Histovery
Le Service de prévention spécialisé de l'ACESM (Blois/Vendôme)