Château at Amboise: Detail, carved lintel of the Chapel of St. Hubert



The lintel above the doorway, showing two scenes from the Lives of SS Hubert and Christopher, is the most impressive sculpture to survive and is probably the work of Netherlandish sculptors, including Casin d'Utrecht.

Built in the eleventh century on a promontory overlooking the Loire River to control a strategic ford that was replaced in the Middle Ages by a bridge. Expanded and improved over time, on 4 September 1434 it was seized by Charles VII of France. Once in royal hands, the château became a favourite of French kings; Charles VIII decided to rebuild it extensively, beginning in 1492 at first in the French late Gothic Flamboyant style and then after 1495 employing two Italian mason-builders, Domenico da Cortona and Fra Giocondo, who provided at Amboise some of the first Renaissance decorative motifs seen in French architecture. The names of three French builders are preserved in the documents: Colin Biart, Guillaume Senault and Louis Armangeart.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Château d'Amboise

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Decorative arts

  • Chapels

  • Architecture

  • Castles

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Flamboyant

  • Renaissance

  • Late Gothic

Place of Creation
  • Amboise

  • +47.413056+0.985833

  • Amboise, Centre, France: Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
Content License


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