Hercules is shown wearing his lion skin from the first of his 12 Labors. In the center of the door holds the quiver of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Behind the quiver, you can just see the caduceus that is carried by Hermes, the god of commerce, speed, and cunning, and the torch of Olympic fire that the Titan Prometheus gave to mankind.
At the top of the door is a portrait of Medusa, one of the Gorgons whose gaze would turn men to stone. In Ancient Greece, Gorgons were often carved on buildings and objects as a form of protection.
The Chateau de Fontainebleau doors also uses a style from the Renaissance that was unique to France. In this style, a double paneled door is fashioned in such a way that it appears to be a single panel when closed.
The earliest record of a fortified castle at Fontainebleau dates to around the 12th century. The medieval castle and palace served as a residence for French Monarchs all the way from Louis VII to Napoleon III.
This door is found in the Gallery of Francis I in the Palace of Fontainebleau in France. Originally, it served as a passageway from the king's apartments to the Chapel of the Convent Trinitaires. Francis I recreated this into a gallery that made it far more than a mere passageway. The Gallery of Francis I created the blueprint that other galleries began to model themselves after. It also introduced the Renaissance style to France. This gallery created its own artistic style, known as the School of Fontainebleau. This style combines painting, decoration, and architectural design to create a complete environment.
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