Château du Clos Lucé

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Leonardo da Vinci and France



A treasure. It is indeed a precious treasure that the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise is exhibiting in honour of its most illustrious resident, Leonardo da Vinci, who imagined projects for the king and lived there for the last three years of his life. The exhibition presents the result of the studies, work and research that da Vinci carried out during his Milanese period from 1507 to 1513 and his French period, 1516 to 1519. The special connection that da Vinci had with France, supported by three kings, Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francis I - and Louise de Savoie -  was one of the reasons that the Renaissance period came to the Loire Valley.

Realized by the Château du Clos Lucé, the exhibition is supervised by Professor Carlo Pedretti, world specialist on Leonardo da Vinci.
There will be around one hundred facsimiles exhibited in the museum hall at Le Clos Lucé, as well as twenty collectors’ works. Other major works, some of which are of exceptional size, produced during the height of the Romantic movement, will help provide an insight into the Tuscan Master during his French period.
The event will enable the viewer to trace the many projects created or imagined by the Master through its richly-illustrated display.

"Leonardo da Vinci and France"