« 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
1st December 2021 to 15th January 2022
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
Leonardo da Vinci, Painter and Architect Galleries
Since June 2021
This spring, the Château du Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo da Vinci is excited to be opening additional galleries dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, painter and architect.
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.
When: since June 2021
Where: in Leonardo da Vinci's park
Times: 10am - 8.30pm (September and October 2021)
Price: included with your admission ticket
To whet your appetite, watch our podcast and visit galleries from your own home! (in French).
« 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
Drawing on new scientific contributions, this exhibition throws light on the fascinating relationships between Leonardo da Vinci and three Kings of France over a 10-year period.
Guided through a series of richly illustrated themed exhibits — from royal commissions and feats of engineering to sumptuous festivities and final drawings, visitors will discover a multitude of projects built or conceived by the Italian master during his time spent living at Clos Lucé in Amboise.
• Halle Muséographique (In Leonardo da Vinci's park) : 10am - 6pm
• This exhibition has an additional charge to the general admission : 5€ adult / 3€ concessions (job seeker, large family...) / 1€ children (7-18 years old) and student / Free under 7 years old
• Tickets for a self-guided visit of the castle, the park, Leonardo da Vinci painter and architect galleries including Leonardo da Vinci and France exhibition are available here
The exhibition will be closed from 22th September to 4th October 2021 included. Many thanks for your understanding.