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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. »

Exhibition

Léo. Behind the scenes of the animated film

3 February to 12 May 2024 (10am - 6pm) Closes at 6.30pm on weekends.

On the occasion of the theatrical release of Jim Capobancio's animated film Léo (31 January 2024) about the last years of Leonardo da Vinci's life in Amboise, Le Clos Lucé, Leonardo's last home and partner on the film, is exhibiting a large part of its sets, including the château, his bedroom and the other characters used in the making of the film: François I, Louise de Savoie, Marguerite de Navarre...

The exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of the creation of a stop-motion animated film. From the first drawing to the film's release on the big screen, it highlights the talents of the Foliascope animation studio who worked on its production: from storyboard artists to set and prop designers, editors, animators and many more. It's a titanic task when you consider that only 4 seconds of film footage are produced each day. The skills, techniques and environment of this film are reminiscent of the bustle of a Renaissance bottega, and bring us a little closer to the spirit of Leonardo. Giant reproductions of images from the film, models, multimedia content, photos and videos from the making of the film punctuate this immersive tour.

Visitors presenting their "Léo" cinema ticket at one of the following partner cinemas will be entitled to a preferential rate for the Léo exhibition:

  • Amboise Ciné A
  • Tours Les Studios
  • Blois Les Lobis
  • Vendôme, Ciné Vendôme
  • Montrichard Val de Loire, cinéma Le Régent

Click here to see some images from the exhibition : video

Opening hours: 10am - 6.30pm


Activities

Discovering wildlife at Clos Lucé

Organised by Jean Michel Feuillet, LPO Centre-Val de Loire coordinator

Le Clos Lucé, with nature guide Jean Michel Feuillet from the LPO Centre-Val de Loire, is organising three events focusing on the often little-known world of the wild fauna present at the heart of the estate.

You don't need to have a great knowledge of wildlife, Jean-Michel Feuillet will be guiding visitors of all ages through three special themes.


FREE WORKSHOPS - BOOK ON SITE AT THE TICKET OFFICE


20/03/2024 - 9am (15 people)

  • Identifying the garden's birds by their songs
  • Identify the birds living in the Parc du Clos Lucé just by ear.


01/06/2024 - 2pm to 4.30pm (15 people per workshop - 2 x 1h15)

  • Meet in the garden day
  • Workshop to make nesting boxes for tits. Each participant will be able to leave with their creation.


12/06/2024 - 7pm to 10pm (15 people)

  • Night-time excursion to the Parc du Clos Lucé
  • Discover nocturnal fauna by listening to the songs and wild sounds of the night
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Leonardo da Vinci, Painter and Architect Galleries

Since June 2021

LEONARDO DA VINCI PAINTER GALLERY

The 17 masterpieces produced by Leonardo da Vinci will be projected onto the walls and ceiling of the ground floor gallery thanks to digital technologies. Along with the preparatory drawings on show, they create an original and spectacular exhibition that visitors can engage directly with. This imaginary museum presents treasures from the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, the Vatican Museums, the National Gallery in London, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the National Museum in Kraków, the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and immerses visitors into the Tuscan master’s painted works.

Faces, smiles and hands, perspective, the Last Supper, the blue horizons of the landscapes on his canvases all intertwine in this fascinating and lyrical circular journey through his artistic creativity.

LEONARDO DA VINCI ARCHITECT GALLERY

This exhibition offers a fun and educational tour of the achievements of Leonardo da Vinci the civil, religious and military architect, town planner and talented stage director of spectacular festivities. Facsimiles, drawings, life-size models, digital tables and 3D animation bring these disciplines to life.

In the multimedia room on the first floor, come and explore a 3D reconstruction of the Royal Palace of Romorantin designed by Leonardo da Vinci for King Francis I, through a video game created specially for the exhibition.

Where: in Leonardo da Vinci's park Price: included with your admission ticket

To whet your appetite, watch our podcast and visit galleries from your own home! (in French).

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Permanent exhibitions


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