The red-brick and tufa château was built on Gallo-Roman remains during the reign of Louis XI and later became the property of a king’s favourite named Etienne-le-Loup (who had merely been a former kitchen boy). Completed in 1490 by Charles VIII, the residence had a chapel built onto the west wing, providing an oratory for Anne of Brittany, Charles VIII’s young wife.
Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life here at Clos Lucé, painting and working on his countless passions until he died on May 2, 1519.
After years of moving around, Leonardo da Vinci found the Château of Clos Lucé, which was his first personal residence.
This Tuscan artist arrived at Cloux Manor (now the Château of Clos Lucé) in 1516 after having crossed the Alps on a mule, carrying with him his three most remarkable canvases: the Mona Lisa, Sainte Anne, and Saint John the Baptist.
It is François I who welcomed him on this very site with the words: "you will be free to think, to dream and to work".
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