« 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. »
The first floor of the castle is closed for revonation works
To guarantee an optimal experience, the Leonardo Da Vinci's room is established inside the museum hall.
Leonardo da Vinci's living Workshops Golden Horn Bridge
First time : Leonardo da Vinci's living Workshops
Inaugurated the 17 June 2016
The Château du Clos Lucé celebrates the completion of its restoration and renovation work. The Saint Bris family has spent more than 60 years renovating Leonardo da Vinci’s final home.
Two years of research and renovation, 30 people and 15 trades were required to restore Leonardo da Vinci’s workshops, library and study at Le Clos Lucé.
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Golden Horn Bridge
Inaugurated the 3 June 2016
The Château du Clos Lucé inaugurates a new bridge. Adapted from Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing, it is associated with a photographic exhibit about its achievement.
Designed in oak, the bridge extends the Leonardo da Vinci Park, and belongs to the Leonardo Bridge Project. This innovative work is conceived by Armedieval, specialist of ancient buildings, and under the advice of the Norwegian artist Vebjørn Sand.
In 1502, Leonardo da Vinci designs a great bridge upon the Bosphorus, for the Sultan Bayezid II. 360 meters long, the bridge brings together the two shores of Constantinople, uniting Orient and Occident. This ambitious plan is massive and elegant, as an architectural, an artistic, and a modern gesture.
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Leonardo da Vinci
Watch, Leonardo’s inventions animate and come to life
Understand how the inventions of the genius worked, in 3D
Fifty models, made from Leonardo’s designs, demonstrate Leonardo da Vinci’s different engineering talents: civil genius, military genius, naval genius, aviation, industrial machines, measuring tools, mechanisms, architecture. The whole collection is made from beech wood and hornbeam wood for some pieces.
Archimedes’ screw, the assault chariot, the revolving bridge, the paddleboat, the mechanics principles and the lock chambers, visualize Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions through unique 3D illustrations.
Dassault System pushes the 3D experience further with two machines designed by Brian Law, a mechanics engineer who wishes to share his passion with Le Clos Lucé’s visitors through an animated video filled with details and movement.
Leonardo da Vinci and France
Le Château du Clos Lucé, the link between Italian and French Renaissance
Inside 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). It 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.