Leonardo was invited to France by François I after the death of his protector Julien de’ Medici in 1516. Arriving at the Court of France at the age of sixty-four, Leonardo was lodged at Cloux Manor (Clos-Lucé) with the rich salary of seven hundred gold ecus.
He spent his time drawing and teaching primarily in the field of canals, urbanism and architecture. Several authors claim that he was responsible for the project of the palace of Romorantin and for certain parts of the Château of Chambord.
Being very close to the King, he supposedly imagined several attractions for him. Among the most famous attractions was the "Festa del Paradiso" that had been imagined in 1518 by Leonardo da Vinci where an ingenious system of machinery made it possible to recreate the movement of the stars.
Leonardo died at Cloux on the 2nd of May, 1519 and was buried according to his will in the collegiate church of Saint-Florentin of the Château of Amboise. In the 19th century, when the collegiate church was demolished, his bones were transferred to Saint-Hubert’s chapel inside the château grounds.