It is at the Château of Clos Lucé that the French episode in the life of Leonardo da Vinci and his
masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, begins.
At the invitation of King Francis I, Leonardo da Vinci left Italy
and settled at the Château of Clos Lucé in autumn 1516. Appointed “First painter, engineer and architect to the King”, he put his talents to work in the service of the sovereign, working tirelessly on many different projects and inspiring the plans for an ideal château.
On 23 April 1519, Leonardo da Vinci asked Guillaume Boureau, a notary in Amboise, to record his will. He died at the Clos Lucé on 2 May 1519 after commending his soul to God and leaving instructions for his burial. On this date began a legend that has remained universal and timeless.
En quelques mots :
- THE CHÂTEAU OF CLOS LUCÉ :
The spirit of Leonardo da Vinci inhabits the Château of Clos Lucé in Amboise, mingling with the memory of
all the famous guests who have marked the history of this remarkable house. Unique: The reconstruction of
Leonardo da Vinci’s studios.
- LEONARDO DA VINCI PARK :
A unique open air museum of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions. The first cultural park, the landscaped trail in
the grounds of the Château of Clos Lucé at Amboise is a journey of discovery in the footsteps of a visionary
genius, Leonardo da Vinci.
- LEONARDO’S GARDEN :
Covering an area of one hectare, Leonardo’s Garden is an open-air museum of a different kind that has been
landscaped and planted in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings and drawings. It offers a sensory
experience and sheds light on Leonardo’s relationship with nature. Nature that inspired him to say “It’s all