We were so stuck in traffic for a couple of days, arriving at our hotel rooms in the middle of the night, so I didn’t get a chance to post. But we’ll make up for it today!
In 1516, Leonardo joined the court of French king François I as “The King’s First Painter, Engineer and Architect”. He then moved from Italy to the mansion Clos Lucé in the town of Amboise in the Loire valley.
Leonardo brought with him a few of his paintings, including the Mona Lisa (La Gioconda in Italian, La Joconde in French) and St. John the Baptist. And this is the reason the world’s most famous painting is to be seen in the Louvre Museum in Paris, and not in Italy.
From his window he had a magnificent view of the King’s castle, the Château d’Amboise. A drawing of it, either by Leonardo himself or one of his pupils, is depicted below.The museum
Mansion Clos Lucé is today a museum open to the public. You can visit Leonardo’s last home, see his bedroom, dining room, studio, plus several of his designs for different devices realised in 3D, both inside the house and outside in the surrounding park.
Leonardo’s resting place in the Chapel Saint HubertLeonardo lived in the Clos Lucé mansion until his death on May 2nd, 1519. He is buried in the Chapel of Saint Hubert at the neighbouring Amboise Castle.
- Clos Lucé Parc Leonardo da Vinci (official website)
- Leonardo da Vinci (Wikipedia article)
- Winners, A. 2016. The Unknown Life of Leonardo da Vinci in France. The Culture Trip. 26 January.