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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. »

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Event

1519 - 2019 : Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci at the Château du Clos Lucé​

Cultural programme

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.

Event

Exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci's the last supper for Francis I, a masterpiece in gold and silk"

7 June to 8 September 2019

For the first time since the 16th century, the tapestry of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper – the Ultima Cena, commissioned by Francis I – will be exhibited outside of the Vatican Museum. On this, the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the exhibition at the Château du Clos Lucé will feature this monumental masterpiece.

The tapestry was woven for Louise of Savoy and her son, the future King of France, Francis I, some time before 1514. In 1533, Francis I presented it as a gift to Pope Clement VII to celebrate the marriage between his son Henri II and the Pope’s niece, Catherine de Medici. It reworks the theme of the Last Supper and illustrates the admiration the Kings of France had for Leonardo da Vinci and the mural he painted in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. This monumental work - 5.15 metres high and 9.13 metres long - is currently being restored with the support of the Château du Clos Lucé.

The exhibition will feature around 30 pieces, including objects on loan from other museums and from the Clos Lucé’s own collection.

In addition to the ticket price :
Adult : 5 € / 7 - 18 years old : 1 € / free under 7

➟ Buy your ticket online !

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Show only in french

Night show : "THE HEIRS"

18, 19 and 20 July 2019

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.

Practical informations :

  • Only in french
  • From 9 to 10.30 pm
  • Prices : adult 20€ / 18-5 years old 12 €

Tickets online here !

Musical show

The 14th European Renaissance Music Festival

27, 28 and 29 September 2019

To celebrate the European Renaissance Music Festival, Clos Lucé has commissioned Jordi Savall to devise a show inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance on 27th September. The composer and musician will be surrounded by around a dozen performers from the Concert des Nations. On 28th and 29th, young talents, are invited in the spirit of passing on knowledge - a concept very dear to Leonardo da Vinci.

Useful informations :

Friday 27th :
• 8.30 pm
• Prices : 35€ / free under 7 years old

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th :
• 3.30 pm
• Prices : 15€ / free under 7 years old

➟ Tickets online here

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Permanent exhibitions


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

Clos Lucé - Exhibit Leonardo Da Vinci and France
Permanent exhibits

Leonardo da Vinci and France closed until 3rd October 2019

Le Château du Clos Lucé, the link between Italian and French Renaissance - closed until 3rd October 2019

The exhibition is exceptionally closed :
> until 3rd October 2019 :
closed during the temporary exhibition to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death at Clos Lucé (1519 - 2019) : 6th June - 2rd September and the during the European Renaissance Music Festival

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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.