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500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s residence at the Château du Clos Lucé

From 2016 to 2019, the Château du Clos Lucé will celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s years of residence (1516-1519) at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise. 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the artist’s arrival at what would be his final home. Ever since it opened, the Château du Clos Lucé has been wholly dedicated to the years Leonardo da Vinci spent here in Amboise. From 2016 to 2019, the Clos Lucé will continue with this focus, deepening its exploration of the life and work of its famous resident with a series of guided tours, workshops, exhibitions and lectures. In autumn 1516, Leonardo da Vinci accepted the invitation of the king of France, Francis I, to move to France and settle in the Château du Clos Lucé. At the age of 64, he crossed the Alps with some of his followers, including Francesco Melzi and Batista de Villanis, his faithful servant from Milan. In his leather saddlebags, Leonardo brought with him from Rome all of his notebooks and sketches, which demonstrated the wealth and diversity of his work, as well as three major paintings: The Virgin and Child with St Anne; St John the Baptist; and the famous Mona Lisa. According to the Cardinal of Aragon’s secretary who visited the Château du Clos Lucé, Leonardo had in his keeping “the portrait of a lady from Florence painted in natural style on the order of the late Giuliano de Medici”. Painted between 1503 and 1514, this painting illustrates the famous sfumato style (blurred outlines) of Leonardo da Vinci. These three works of art are now on display in the Louvre Museum.© Supersoniks - Clos Lucé

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