Panel (part of a set)
Craftsmen supervised by Nicolas Castille
The panels’ decorations, which include putti holding heraldic shields or strings of beads, floral scrolls, masks, and fabulous creatures, correspond to French adaptations of Italian motifs derived from prints and other sources. The portraits represent the donor, Georges d’Amboise (1460–1510), in his cardinal’s hat and cloak and Louis XII (1462–1515; ruled 1498–1515) surrounded by a wreath topped by a porcupine, a symbol of the monarch’s courage and ability to defend his kingdom. These panels and the ones displayed nearby are from the now-destroyed chapel of Cardinal d’Amboise’s château de Gaillon.