« Two days ago, on Sunday, the Christian king gave a feast, a most admirable celebration, which I describe to you as follows. The place was named Le Cloux, big and beautiful palace. […] There must have been four hundred chandeliers so bright you’d think night was chased away »
Letter by Galeazzo Visconti, Ambassador of Mantoue at the court of France, describing the Festa del paradise organised by Leonardo da Vinci in the gardens of the Clos Lucé on Juni 1518 to thank the king of his good deeds. »
Leonardo da Vinci, the dream of flight
Ever since he was a child in Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci watched birds with fascination and curiosity. Later, as an engineer in Florence, Milan, Rome and Amboise, he scrutinised, drew and studied the flying techniques of small and large birds. In his codices, the dream found concrete expression through a whole host of drawings, sketches and studies of diverse flying machines including an aerial screw, ornithopter, mechanical wing, parachute and glider.In 2018, the Château du Clos Lucé is offering a cultural season on the theme of human flight which has remained a subject of fascination, discovery and innovation throughout the centuries.
Leonardo da Vinci, the dream of flight
April - december
➤ “Leonardo da Vinci and biomimicry” April 20th – December 31st
Outdoor exhibition trails to discover Leonardo da Vinci’s observations and studies on the flight of birds.
➤ From pioneers space flight to modern aeronautics: July, 13rd – September, 2nd
The evolution of inventions linked to human flight and shows the influence of Leonardo da Vinci on modern aeronautics, through his observations and hunches. The da Vinci’s flying wing is associated with exceptional models lent by the Museum of Air and Space, le Bourget and the Air Passion museum, Angers.
➤ Virtual animation
From dream to conception and from technical development to virtual experience, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab of Dassault Systèmes team of passionate designers together with the experts at the Chateau du Clos Lucé bring to life the visionary ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci. Presented on digital tactile screen, around ten inventions by the artist-scientist have been created from his drawings and codices. The virtual creations invite the viewers to share a 360° 3D experience and to enter Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius mind.
NIGHT-TIME EVENTS (only in French)
July, 20th - 22nd / August, 10th - 12nd
“On Leonardo da Vinci’s wings” - Event only in French
• First part, 9.30pm : On the Château du Clos Lucé’s forecourt, original creations from the Cour des Contes, invite the public to share Leonardo’d dreams.
• Second part in July : Concert by the Bouclier’s Brothers
• Second part in August Aerial danse show by the Company “A Fleur d’Air”.
Rates: 20 € adults, 12 € children, free -7years
« The desire to know is natural to good men. »
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci and France
Le Château du Clos Lucé, the link between Italian and French Renaissance - closed until 13rd july 2018
the museum hall,
the exhibition features the result of a study and work
on the Milanese period (1507-1513) and the
French one (1516-1519).
tells us the exceptional bond that existed between Leonardo and France over ten
years and under three different kings: Charles III, Louis XII and Francis I.
This bond is the founding element of the Renaissance in the Val de Loire. The
exhibition highlights the many works realised by Leonardo da Vinci for the
kings of France.
Some unique pieces recently came to enrich the collections:
- A remarkable copy of Mona Lisa (1654) by Ambroise Dubois, painter of king Henry IV.
- A replica of David (1430 – 1432) by Donatello and considered as the first great bronze statue since antiquity.
- A unique mechanical Lion made according to the manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci, by a Venetian Master, that needed over 3 000 hours of work. It was entirely built with forged, sawed and filed iron mechanical elements.
The exhibition will be closed :
> from May 25th to July 13th