About this Class
The Renaissance was already known to the French people since the invasion of Italy by Charles VIII, and Francis I will fully support the change, his reign marking the height of the movement in France. Francis I became a patron of the arts and of the New Learning, the humanists naming him the Father of Letters.
Wars did not interfere with the steady development of the Renaissance in France. The architectural and the literary side were fully exemplified under Francis I and his successors. It was an age of building, and great works were in progress at Blois, Chenonceau, Chambord, Chantilly, and the Louvre. Francis was the true creator of the modern Fontainebleau, the castle where Charles IV of France had founded his famous library. Under Francis I, Fontainebleau became preeminent, and it was the king 'and the brilliant Pleiad of artists whom he gathered round him who were the true creators of the modern Fontainebleau'. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci (who died in France in 1529), Andrea del Sarto, Rosso, and Primaticcio, assisted by other Italian and French artists, made Fontainebleau the most magnificent palace in Europe.
Communicative and Linguistic objectives:
- Acquire vocabulary and expressions to get familiar with important figures' portraits and historical backgrounds.
- Read texts and articles developing verbal and written skills on analytical works
- Improve and Nuance Listening skills in context
- Collaboratively discuss and present works, as group projects throughout the session