FRANCIS I, THE KING OF KINGS
An episode from the series SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS
The reign of Francis I is considered one of the most brilliant in the history of France. He was a warrior, a great seducer, a lover of the arts and literature and gave France some of its most beautiful castles.
A prolific patron, he initiated the French Renaissance by attracting many Italian artists, including Leonardo da Vinci who brought the Mona Lisa with him.
The reign of Francis I saw important cultural changes with the rise of an ever more powerful monarchy, the spread of humanism and Protestantism, and the beginning of the exploration of the New World.