« 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. »
Château du Clos Lucé gets into the festive spirit this Christmas
From 2 December
Christmas and New Year festivities, the Château du Clos Lucé is giving visitors
an extra colourful tour of Leonardo da Vinci’s former home, which will be
decked out in all its seasonal finery! From the Nativity scene in the chapel to the large Renaissance hall decorated with
the quintessential fir tree, experience the spirit of Christmas throughout your
visit. In the kitchen, the wood fire is crackling just like it would have done
on those winter evenings when Leonardo da Vinci would keep warm beside the
➤ From 2 December 2019
Christmas workshops (included in your entrance ticket):
Make your own Christmas crown using objects found in the Parc Leonardo da Vinci.
Go out into nature to find inspiration and collect materials to make a crown fit for a king or queen!
➤ 21, 22, 23 and 24 December from 2-5 pm; Christmas crowns
➤ 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31 December 2-5 pm; St Sylvester crowns
➤ Free entry, no reservation required
- “The Art of
entertaining” workshop (IN FRENCH ONLY)
Pull up a seat around Leonardo da Vinci’s table
At the Auberge du Prieuré in the heart of the Parc Leonardo da Vinci, learn all about cooking, traditions and the art of dining (tableware, habits and customs) as you are immersed in the gastronomic history of the Renaissance.
- “The spice
route” workshop (IN FRENCH ONLY)
Embark on a gastronomic journey
The Auberge du Prieuré looks forward to taking visitors on a multi-sensory tour, from the garden to the Mediterranean, from the Indies to the Americas, to learn about the spices used and discovered during the Middles Ages and the Renaissance.
➤ “Art of entertaining” and “Spice route” workshops will take place from Friday 27 December to Sunday 5 January (except for 01/01) at the Auberge du Prieuré
➤ Each workshop lasts 30 min.
➤ 3-5 pm
➤ Sign up on the day of the event at the Auberge du Prieuré, subject to availability
1519 - 2019 : Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci at the Château du Clos Lucé
The history of Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpieces, including The Mona Lisa, during his time in France begins at the Château du Clos Lucé. Invited by King Francis I of France, Leonardo da Vinci left Italy and took up residence at the Château du Clos Lucé in the autumn of 1516. Appointed 'first painter, engineer and architect to the King', da Vinci served the monarch with his talents, working tirelessly on numerous projects and imagining plans for the 'ideal' château.
On 23 April 1519, Leonardo da Vinci asked Guillaume Boureau—a local notary in Amboise—to draw up his will. He died at Clos Lucé on 2 May 1519.
The cultural programme for 2019, with its various highlights, celebrates this man who believed everything was possible and who constantly combined art and science.
Night show : "THE HEIRS"
18, 19 and 20 July 2019 - FULL
A theatrical creation by Marin Bellemare, Didier Girauldon and Constance Larrieu
The Château du Clos Lucé will be the setting for a nocturnal theatrical and musical adventure. Created especially for the 500th anniversary by Martin Bellemare (from Quebec), Didier Girauldon and Constance Larrieu, the show, which will be open to all, invites the audience to witness an unexpected encounter between Leonardo da Vinci and his modern-day heirs.
- Only in french
- From 9 to 10.30 pm
- Prices : adult 20€ / 18-5 years old 12 €
« 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 2020
The exhibition is exceptionally closed. Opening in 2020.
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.