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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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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 November 2019

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

The exhibition is exceptionally closed :
> until 3rd November 2019 :
closed for renovation then during a temporary exhibition to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death at Clos Lucé (1519 - 2019)

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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.