« 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. »
Leonardo da Vinci, Painter and Architect
From 25th 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: opens 25th June 2021
Where: in Leonardo da Vinci's park
Times : 9.30am - 6.30pm (June), 9.30am - 7.30pm (July, August)
Price: included with your admission ticket
Saint Jean Baptiste_ La Joconde © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / M. Urtado
Le baptême du Christ © Archives Alinari, Florence, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Nicola Lorusso
Cultural season 2021
LATE NIGHT THEATRE
Based on Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"
Directed by Didier Girauldon
16th, 17th, 18th July 2021
Just like Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare has traversed centuries and inspired generation after generation with his free-spirited and visionary mind. Over three evenings, the director Didier Girauldon will present a night of theatrical and musical fantasy based on one of the playwright’s most celebrated comedies, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". The music from another English icon, Henry Purcell, is accompanied by more contemporary compositions for a distinctly modern interpretation.
13rd and 14th August 2021
We invite you to take a magical promenade when the Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci comes alive after dark. Discover Leonardo’s residence after sunset and then enjoy a stroll around the park where a light show provides a luminous backdrop to the life-size reconstructions of some of the celebrated engineer’s major inventions. Music and theatre around the park bring the famous parties organised by Leonardo for King for Francis I to life, making for an enchanting evening at Clos Lucé.
THE EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
24th, 25th, 26th September 2021
Over three days, Château du Clos Lucé will be
showcasing the sounds of the Renaissance with a programme filled with medieval
classics, original compositions and pieces inspired by this important period in
history. Since 2005, the Clos Lucé has celebrated Leonardo da Vinci the
musician by inviting the most prestigious ensembles to this unique festival.
*Tickets will soon available to purchase from the online ticket office
« 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
Open daily with occasional exceptions
This exhibition has an additional charge to the general admission : 5€ adult / 3€ reduced / 1€ children (7-18 years old)