A unique collection of models created from the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci
The basement of the property is dedicated to "Leonardo the engineer" with an exhibition of 40 of his inventions on the themes of military engineering, town planning, mechanics, flying machines and hydraulics. Six 3D animations enable visitors to understand the operation of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions.
Nature, the source of inspiration for Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci imagined everything by observing nature. Therefore, it is in the park at Clos Lucé that his major inventions and creations have been set up. During a nature walk that includes initiation, botanics, and education, you will discover Leonardo da Vinci’s sources of inspiration which are illustrated by:
20 gigantic machines that can be activated
Canvases giving the details of the works and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci
8 audio stops around the park
The different themes which arise are the landscape, technical intuition, the beauty of the body, the ideal city, the light of the human face, and the mechanics of life.
Leonardo’s Garden – Leonardo and Nature
At the heart of Leonardo da Vinci’s park and at the foot of the Renaissance terrace is "Leonardo’s Garden – Leonardo and Nature", set up with the assistance of some of the most renowned researchers and scientists. For the first time in a natural landscape, here at the Château of Clos Lucé life has been given to botanical drawings, geological and hydro dynamic studies, and scenery.
You will discover
- 1 double-span oak bridge, drawn by Leonardo da Vinci with an innovating structure in triangulation which is still widely used today.
The garden allows you to observe stormy whirls and mysterious mist in the swamp. Those with a bit of curiosity will recognise the details of famous paintings, such as the 'Virgin at the Rock' and the 'Mona Lisa,' represented in a natural setting. Sources, cascades, and caves invite you to share the most private of the artist’s impressions.
An unrecognised aspect of his works on Nature:
- Hundreds of drawings and sketches of plants, flowers and landscapes found in his sketchbooks.
- Pioneer work in botany, geology and physics.
- The first one to guess the role of the sun in the growth of plants.
- The first one to conceive the principles of "geological time" and its role in the forming of the Earth.
- The first one to understand the mechanisms that form currents and whirls.
- The first one to explain the circulation of sounds and light based on the study of waves.
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