« 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’s Saint Jerome
From June 10th to September 20th 2022
The Clos Lucé presents for the first time, in partnership with the Vatican Museums, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Between drawing and painting, the Saint Jerome raises many questions as to why it was never finished, about its dating, its commissioners and its provenance. Some experts believe that Leonardo never stopped coming back to it and was very attached to it. The work is thought to have accompanied him throughout his life.
The exhibition, has already been presented at the Vatican and then at the Met in New York in 2019 and comes three years after the celebrations commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death at Clos Lucé.
In addition to the entry ticket:
• Adults : 7 euros
• 7 – 18 years old/ students / reduced rate : 5 euros
• Free for children under 7 years old
Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Get your ticket here.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Centre - Val de Loire region.
August 12th and 13th 2022 (8.30 pm - midnight)
By candlelight, the Château du Clos Lucé and its park are transformed into a place for strolls featuring live performances.
Musical and theatrical shows scattered throughout the park will immerse you in the heart of an enchanted night reminiscent of the royal celebrations organized by Leonardo da Vinci for King Francis I.
The contemporary circus company Right Way Down, specialist in handstands, competes with ingenious figures. Artists evolve in an inverted reality and invite you to see the world in the right way.
Around a floating piano on the water, the pianist Patrick Scheyder offers a musical show illustrating Leonardo da Vinci's passion for nature. He is accompanied by musicians, actor Jean-Claude Drouot and journalist Denis Cheissoux, producer on France Inter of the radio program "CO2 mon amour".
• Rates : Adults: €18, children (7-18 ans) : €6, free for children under 7 years old
• Experience a Renaissance diner at the gastronomic restaurant l'Auberge du Prieuré located in the park.
Information and booking: +33 (0)2 47 57 69 01Get your ticket here
The 14th European Renaissance Music Festival
September 23th, 24th and 25th 2022
For this 17th edition, the Clos Lucé pays tribute to English Renaissance music and its greatest composers. William Byrd, John Dowland and Henry Purcell are particularly honored.
• Friday, September 23 at 8:30 pm: A Byrd Celebration
Ensemble Près de votre oreille, directed by Robin Pharo
• Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 pm: I’m sick of love, Art of singing in England at the XVIIst century : Dowland, Lawes, Purcell
Ensemble La Rêveuse, directed by Florence Bolton et Benjamin Perrot
• Sunday, September 25 at 3:30 pm: Hear the voice, Tears of London
Ensemble Jacques Moderne, directed by Joël Suhubiette
Single price: 15 € (free for children under 7 years old)
Get your ticket here
Leonardo da Vinci, Painter and Architect Galleries
Since June 2021
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.
Where: in Leonardo da Vinci's park
Price: included with your admission ticket
To whet your appetite, watch our podcast and visit galleries from your own home! (in French).
« 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
• This exhibition has an additional charge to the general admission : 5€ adult / 3€ concessions (job seeker, large family...) / 1€ children (7-18 years old) and student / Free under 7 years old
• Tickets for a self-guided visit of the castle, the park, Leonardo da Vinci painter and architect galleries including Leonardo da Vinci and France exhibition are available here
The exhibition will be closed from May 9 to 13 and from May 17 to September 26. Many thanks for your understanding.