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« 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. »

2018 Cultural Season

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.
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2018 Cultural Season

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.


Permanent exhibitions

« The desire to know is natural to good men. »
Leonardo da Vinci

Clos Lucé - Exhibit Leonardo Da Vinci and France
Permanent exhibits

Leonardo da Vinci and France closed until 3rd September 2019

Le Château du Clos Lucé, the link between Italian and French Renaissance - closed until 13rd july 2018

The exhibition is exceptionally closed :
> from July to September 2018 : temporary exhibition on "Leonardo, the dream of flight"
> from September 2018 to September 2019 :
closed for renovation then during a temporary exhibition to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death at Clos Lucé (1519 - 2019)


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.