Thursday, April 23, 2015

François Ier, Pouvoir et Image, at the BNF, Paris 13ème arrdt

After Henry VIII, voilà his French counterpart and rival in a much more modest exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Clouet's iconic portrait is displayed, as are a volume of others, less famous, likenesses on canvases, in multicolored, ornamented books and on coins. 
Obviously, this was nothing as compelling as the Luxembourg exhibition - partly because the BNF is a library and partly because François Ier lived a life less extravagant than the old Tudor did.

Still, a fair enough experience, especially if you live next door to the BNF..!

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