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    Jupiter (Henri II) Presiding over Olympus 4 more images

    by hquittner Updated Aug 24, 2008

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    Carefully study the ceiling of the Tour de la Ligue, the last and most highly regarded element of the tour. On it is a fresco (incomplete) in the Fontainebleau style by an unidentified painter(s). It is an Allegory situated on Olympus populated by mostly nude figures representing the Gods and Godesses but with contemporary 16C heads most of which can be identified. The allegory is probably lifted from a poem of Ronsard (who was a familiar of the members of the League). The League is said to have met in this tower room to plan strategy. The identities that are gleaned from Ronsard are: 1) at the center as Jupiter: King Henri II (#1). 2) Catherine de Medici with her back to us next to a peacock (far right of picture #3) as Juno. 3) Diane de Poitiers as Venus 4) the Cardinal of Lorraine, an important secret Huguenot, as Mercury. Among the others that are represented (see if you can find them: the Duke de Guise (as Mars) and Admiral de Coligny as Neptune. A diagram would have been more helpful than the guide.

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    Rear View of Chateau Body from Tower 4 more images

    by hquittner Written Aug 24, 2008

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    The upper level of the League Tower is unfurnished in sharp contrast to the rest of the chateau. The rear of the chateau faces a tailored park which can be visited or glanced at from the tower, which provides an interesting view of the rear facade. In the front beyond the little chateau are ancient outbuildings near the outer wall which is finely arcaded. The grounds are open to the public and advantage is taken of this fact by the elderly locals who come in to sit, stand, or meditate.

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    by hquittner Written Aug 24, 2008

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    After the elaborate approach, the facade of the chateau is not so impressive, but it does have a complete set of dormwe winsows. There are complicated stairwells at the corners of the main body of the chateau which rise above the three floors and end with domes capped by lanterns. The lateral wings extend forward through arcades (closed in) to square ends. Lateral to the ends are echoing domes and lanterns.

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