The Events

« 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 European Renaissance Music Festival

12th edition

Each year, the Château du Clos Lucé organises the European Renaissance Music Festival. Leonardo da Vinci was a great musician who also designed instruments, including the famous Lira da Braccio with its animal head. He also designed the viola organista, a combination of harpsichord, organ and viola da gamba. For the first time in France, Polish pianist Sławomir Zubrzycki will give a 30 minute recital on the viola organista before every performance. The instrument has been reconstructed using Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and sketches.


8.30 pm :
→ Recital on the Viola Organista
→ "In taverna ou le triomphe de Bacchus"

Ensemble Il Festino
Direction : Manuel de Grange

In Taverna may appear to be quasi-subversive: all of the show's poetic texts and vocal melodies are an invitation to give in to the pleasures of the magical nectar of the gods that is wine, glorified by humankind in every era and every culture. An actor proclaiming the words, a singer performing drinking tunes, a lutenist and a viol player all, in an intimate and refined way, incite the audience to pleasure and debauchery. Wine, poetry and music will accompany humankind until the end of time. If only the time of intoxication would never end...

Julien Cigana : narration
Dagmar Saskova : vocals
Ronald Martin Alonso : viola da gamba
Manuel de Grange : lute, guitar

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3.30pm :
→ Recital on the Viola Organista
→ Sea change

"De Venise à Ottawa"

Ensemble Céladon
Direction : Paulin Bündgen

In the wake of the Matthew, the ship of Giovanni Caboto, the Venetian navigator who discovered the coast of Newfoundland in 1497, the Ensemble Céladon celebrates the forgotten union between Italy and Canada. The group embraces the anachronistic, with Canadian Kyrie Kristmanson singing her own compositions, while countertenor Paulin Bündgen appropriates the repertoire of the Italian Renaissance. Their way of demonstrating that the language of song has joyfully crossed both the centuries and the oceans.

Kyrie Kristmanson - vocals and composition
Paulin Bündgen
: countertenor
Nicolas Charlier - contemporary percussion
Rémi Cassaigne - lute
Ludwin Bernaténé - ancient percussion
Marc-Antoine Perrio - electric guitar

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3.30pm :
→ Recital on the Viola organista
→"Programme entre accordéon et violon"

Les Frères Bouclier

Dimitri and Julien Bouclier, brothers born into a family of musicians, stand out today as true virtuosos of their instruments. While violins and accordions are often associated with the music of the East, this duo transports their audience to unknown lands that inspire respect and a yearning to travel.They personally arrange the pieces they share with us, allowing us to discover the perfect harmony that exists between the two instruments.

Dimitri Bouclier : accordion
Julien Bouclier : violin

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De haut en bas : © DR - Sławomir Zubrzycki / Il Festino © A. Roberti / Ensemble Céladon © Droits réservés / Le Duo Bouclier © Alejandro Guerrero


Leonardo da Vinci's gardens

Gardens in the Loire Valley 2017

For the cultural season, Gardens in the Loire Valley 2017, organized by the Loire Valley Mission, the Château du Clos Lucé invites you to follow Leonardo da Vinci’s thoughts and work on nature through an exhibition and an introductory tour route for children (in english).

> Gardens and cultural park


Permanent exhibitions

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

The Clos Lucé - Model exhibition hall
Permanent exhibits

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.

Clos Lucé - Exhibit Leonardo Da Vinci and France
Permanent exhibits

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.

The exhibition will be closed :
> September : 13, 14 et 15, from 20 to 24 (included), from 25 to 27 (included), 30
> October : 3, 11, 14, 15