Delight in Da Vinci at the Clos Lucé in France
A Perfect Side Trip in France
Nestled in the town of Amboise, France, a true Renaissance time capsule exists for all ages to discover and explore. The Clos Lucé is dedicated to all things Leonardo Da Vinci. A large completed research and restoration project brings it all to life, thanks to the dedication and care of the Saint Bris Family.
But wait, how is this possible, given that Da Vinci was an Italian master? What was he doing in France?
The answer: The French king, François I, took the advice of his equally brilliant sister, Marguerite of Navarre, and invited Leonardo Da Vinci to reside close to the French court.
Welcoming the Italian virtuoso, François said, ‘Here you will be free to dream, to think, and to work.’ And Leonardo did. After his long journey crossing the Alps while riding a mule, he completed three very famous and important pieces of art during his days in France: The Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and Saint John the Baptist.
Visiting the Clos Lucé
The manor house is enriched with the science, engineering, architecture, landscaping and artistry of Da Vinci’s mastermind.
Da Vinci's study.
Leonardo Da Vinci Gardens and Park
Stroll through the relaxing gardens and tree-lined park to manipulate Da Vinci's inventions with your own hands.
The Clos Lucé is excellent to entertain all ages
If you are looking for something to occupy the kids, the estate is an excellent educational and fun children’s attraction in France. It is just as fascinating for the adults. In fact, visiting Clos Lucé was one of the highlights of my time in France.
Strolling through the park-like setting will lead you to encounter a few of these translucent canvasses with Leonardo's subjects' faces.
What I loved about the Clos Lucé: Everything!! Each component of the estate is 'just right' in size and scale. It's not too immense, and not too small. The extra feature on Marguerite of Navarre was a bonus for me, as she was an unsung hero and female intellect of her time. Each of the exhibits are well-organized and easy to view and read. There are presentations to please all types of learners: visual, auditory and tactile. The Chateau exudes a cozy, warm, and welcoming atmosphere where I could live or work until the day I die...just like Leonardo, himself.
King François used this private passageway to frequently visit the man he devotedly called ‘my Father’.
Da Vinci was able to accomplish much in the final three years of his life at Clos Lucé. The year 2019, will mark 500 years since the passing of Leonardo's life here at Clos Lucé. After observing and operating some of his brilliant inventions in person there, it is truly a wonder that this extraordinary individual lived and died five centuries ago. A visionary for the ages.