Sunday, October 2, 2016

Day 11 Leonardo Da Vinci at the Château du Clos Lucé

He was a painter, inventor, engineer, scientist, humanist, philosopher. Da Vinci is the very incarnation of the universalist spirit of the Renaissance. His life was punctuated by frequent periods staying at the Italian court, until Francis I invited him in 1515 to settle at the Château du Clos Lucé. The following year, the artist arrived at the Château after a long journey across the Alps on mule-back. He brought with him three paintings: the Mona Lisa, Saint John the Baptist, and The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne.

Château du Clos Lucé

Da Vinci's bedroom

His chair

no one can touch the furniture except for his cat (descendant)

beautiful priceless tapestries everywhere

just a copy of the real one in the Louvre

Now for some of his inventions inside and outside the château. The gardens had life size interactive replicas of all the inventions inside the chateau.

hull of a ship

life size replica of the drawbridge

first spinning army tank with guns all around the bottom

Don spinning the life size army tank in the gardens

we played so long in the gardens that we were left by the group