« 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. »
The European Renaissance Music Festival
Each year, the Château du Clos Lucé organises the European Renaissance Music Festival. Leonardo da Vinci was a great musician who also designed instruments, including the famous Lira da Braccio with its animal head. He also designed the viola organista, a combination of harpsichord, organ and viola da gamba. For the first time in France, Polish pianist Sławomir Zubrzycki will give a 30 minute recital on the viola organista before every performance. The instrument has been reconstructed using Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and sketches.
Friday, 22 september
19h30 : Accueil
20h30 : Récital sur Viola Organista
21h00 : "In taverna ou le triomphe de Bacchus"
Ensemble Il Festino
Direction : Manuel de Grange
Julien Cigana : récitant
Dagmar Saskova : chant
Ronald Martin Alonso : viole de gambe
Manuel de Grange : luth, guitare
Saturday, 23 september
14h30 : Accueil
15h30 : Récital sur Viola Organista
16h00 : "De Venise à Ottawa"
Direction : Paulin Bündgen
Kyrie Kristmanson - chant et composition
Paulin Bündgen : contre-ténor
Nicolas Charlier - percussion contemporaire
Rémi Cassaigne - luth
Ludwin Bernaténé - percussion ancienne
Dimanche 24 septembre
14h30 : Accueil
15h30 : Récital sur Viola organista
16h00 : "Programme entre accordéon et violon"
Les Frères Bouclier
Dimitri Bouclier : accordéon
Julien Bouclier : violon
LE SAVIEZ-VOUS ?
La Viola Organista est imaginée par Léonard de Vinci dans le Codex Atlanticus comme un orgue dont le timbre serait celui d’un instrument à cordes. Pendant 500 ans l’instrument a donné lieu à près de 200 différents essais de fabrication. Sławomir Zubrzycki, intrigué par ces essais, travaille pendant 3 ans à la création de sa propre version de l’invention de Léonard de Vinci, en se référant aussi aux instruments des années 1575-1625. Il propose aujourd’hui une réinterprétation technique des dessins de Léonard de Vinci.
De haut en bas : © DR - Sławomir Zubrzycki / Il Festino © A. Roberti / Ensemble Céladon © Droits réservés / Le Duo Bouclier © Alejandro Guerrero
Leonardo da Vinci's gardens
Gardens in the Loire Valley 2017
For the cultural season, Gardens in the Loire Valley 2017, organized by the Loire Valley Mission, the Château du Clos Lucé invites you to follow Leonardo da Vinci’s thoughts and work on nature through an exhibition and an introductory tour route for children (in english).
> Gardens and cultural park
Leonardo da Vinci's living workshops
Inaugurated the 17 June 2016
First time : Leonardo da Vinci's living Workshops
The Château du Clos Lucé celebrates the completion of its restoration and renovation work. The Saint Bris family has spent more than 60 years renovating Leonardo da Vinci’s final home.
Two years of research and renovation, 30 people and 15 trades were required to restore Leonardo da Vinci’s workshops, library and study at Le Clos Lucé.
For more informations : download press release on "Press" page.
« The desire to know is natural to good men. »
Leonardo da Vinci
Watch, Leonardo’s inventions animate and come to life
Understand how the inventions of the genius worked, in 3D
Fifty models, made from Leonardo’s designs, demonstrate Leonardo da Vinci’s different engineering talents: civil genius, military genius, naval genius, aviation, industrial machines, measuring tools, mechanisms, architecture. The whole collection is made from beech wood and hornbeam wood for some pieces.
Archimedes’ screw, the assault chariot, the revolving bridge, the paddleboat, the mechanics principles and the lock chambers, visualize Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions through unique 3D illustrations.
Dassault System pushes the 3D experience further with two machines designed by Brian Law, a mechanics engineer who wishes to share his passion with Le Clos Lucé’s visitors through an animated video filled with details and movement.
Leonardo da Vinci and France
Le Château du Clos Lucé, the link between Italian and French Renaissance
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.
The exhibition will be closed :
> September : 13, 14 et 15, from 20 to 24 (included), from 25 to 27 (included), 30
> October : 3, 11, 14, 15