Rosso Fiorentino Sparks French Renaissance Revival

Italian artist Rosso Fiorentino (or Giovanni Battista di Jacopo, the red-headed Florentine) spent the last years of his life working for King Francis I of…
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Eugene Carroll in 2014
Eugene Carroll was the leading authority on Rosso Fiorentino, including a website, a book (in connection with the exhibit of Rosso's drawings at the National Gallery in Washington), and numerous articles. He encouraged us immeasurably with our furniture business and the links we discovered between French Renaissance Revival in the 19th century and Rosso's designs. Although Eugene passed away in 2016, he continues to inspire us every day in our work with French antique furniture.
an intricately carved wooden door with ornate carvings
Strapwork within Grotesque Design
This fantastic creature, carved into the upper door panel of cabinet 5171, is surrounded by strapwork detail on which its arms lean and its feet are placed. The 19th century designer of this fantastic cabinet definitely had Rosso and the decoration of Fontainebleau in mind when he created this elaborate and elegantly carved panel.
two people walking down a cobblestone road in front of an old castle like building
Fontainebleau Castle
Our most recent visit to Fontainebleau was on a cold and damp day in January but not even the chilly interiors could dampen our enthusiasm for seeing Rosso's works again.
a long hallway with chandeliers and benches in it's center area,
Galerie François I
A triumph of Renaissance design, the Galerie François I at Fontainebleau was ground zero for a revolution in design that exploded on the scene, spread throughout Europe and stayed around for centuries thanks to engravings and prints published after Rosso Fiorentino's untimely death.
an old wooden cabinet with carvings on it
Renaissance Style Chest with Strapwork
Magnificent panels of Renaissance style carving make this chest 3213 unique, especially the example of strapwork found in the central panel of the top.