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Leonardo's Manor House in France

Magazine article Sunset

Leonardo's Manor House in France

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When he accepted a royal invitation to live in France in 1516, Leonardo da Vinci was 74. He packed up his notes and a few of his favorite paintings including the Mona Lisa-and headed for the court of Francis I at Amboise, on the Loire River. In the process, he brought the enlightened ideas of the Italian Renaissance to medieval France.

Visitors to the famous chateaux along the Loire will want to stop at Clos-Luce, a 15th-century manor house in the town of Amboise (between Tours and BIois), now a privately owned museum. Here Leonardo spent the last three years of his life, working primarily on inventions and engineering projects and discussing philosophy with the king. And here the French Renaissance was born.

Most rooms at Clos-Luce have been painstakenly restored to their original 1490 simplicity. Period furnishings fill a small chapel, a studio and hall where Francis I and Leonardo discoursed, a kitchen, and the bedroom where Leonardo died. Frescoes discovered on the walls were probably painted by Leonardo's students.

The most interesting exhibits are replications of his inventions, produced from his drawings by IBM engineers. …

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