The term Fontainebleau school encompasses work in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, stuccowork and printmaking, produced from the 1530s to the first decade of the seventeenth century in France. It evokes an unreal and poetic world of elegant, elongated figures often in mythological settings, as well as incorporating rich, intricate ornamentation. In the late sixteenth century the erotic presentation of the female form was addressed in works throughout Europe and Fontainebleau seems to have played an important role in this process.
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