CHÂTEAU DU CLOS LUCÉ - PARC LEONARDO DA VINCI INAUGURATES A NEW IMMERSIVE CULTURAL SPACE IN SPRING 2021
In 1516 King Francis I—known as France’s Renaissance king--and Louise de Savoie invite Leonardo da Vinci to Amboise in the Loire Valley. He brings with him three of his masterpieces now exhibited at the Louvre: Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, Saint John the Baptist and the Mona Lisa.
A great admirer of Vinci’s genius and talent, he is named the king’s Premier Painter and Engineer and Architect. François 1er also offers him the Clos Lucé, where Leonardo de Vinci spent the last three years of his life, dying in his bedroom, May 2, 1519. To discover the world of Leonardo da Vinci, painter and architect, all in one place, the Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci inaugurates new galleries for an immersive experience thanks to digital technologies. These 500m2 of galleries are dedicated to the work of Leonardo da Vinci as a painter and architect.
GALLERIES LEONARD DE VINCI PAINTER, AN IMAGINARY MUSEUM
On the ground floor, the public is thrown into an immersive show where Leonardo da Vinci’s 17 masterpieces are brought together in a single space. The show offers the keys to understanding the pictorial process, from the preparatory drawing to the final painting. Bringing together in a single gallery the treasures of the Louvre, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museums, the National Gallery in London, the Pinacoteca in Munich, the National Museum in Cracow, the Hermitage in St Petersburg and the National Gallery in Washington, constitutes a new approach and a new immersion into the painted work of Leonardo da Vinci. Placed at the center of the projection device, the visitor is invited on an immersive journey to contemplate the artist’s pictorial and aesthetic legacy.
GALLERY LEONARDO DA VINCI ARCHITECT: A PIONEERING INTERPRETATION
In the upper gallery, an educational and entertaining walking tour gives a better understanding of the whole world of Leonardo da Vinci - civil, religious and military architect, town planner and director of ephemeral shows. This gallery highlights his passion for mathematics and geometry. Life-size models, digital tables, 3D animations, video games and more mark out the trail.
THE REHABILITATION OF AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING, A FORMER TEXTILE FACTORY
Built in 1847 by Armand Moisant, an engineer-constructor who made a name for himself in major metal construction projects such as the Bon Marché, the Grand Palais and the Menier chocolate factory in Noisiel, the building consists of a large porch with a semicircular arch surmounted by a pediment of brick and stone. It is flanked by two wings, one old that has just been renovated, the other contemporary, treated in concrete, steel and transparent glass.
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