La Nature sculpted by Niccolo Pericoli, dit Tribolo (circa 1500-1550). The French king François I commissioned the statue in 1529 to serve as a support for a vase. Bella maniera.
Why oh, why, does the beauty of this pristine statue remind me of the old television jingle "Calgon, take me away...?" My commonplace and misplaced commercial reference aside, the sculpture in all its exaggeration is just one among many of the splendors of the Château de Fontainebleau.
Photo courtesy of Carol E. Cass ©2011 P.B. Lecron