Francesco Bordoni, ‘Charlemagne sous les traits d'Henri IV (Charlemagne in the Guise of Henry IV)’, 1642, Château de Fontainebleau

In the Chapel of the Trinity, work on which commenced under Francis I and ended under Louis XIII, the altar and retable were designed by Italian sculptor Francesco Bordoni. In 1642, this Italianate marble monument was was decorated with a large Jean Dubois painting of the Holy Trinity at the moment of the Deposition, four bronze angels and two marble statues, the one on the left representing Charlemagne in the guise of Henry IV, and that on the right depicting Saint Louis in the guise of Louis XIII. These works by Bordoni were made in honour of the two kings who strove to see the chapel completed.

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