You can visit Leonardo's manor house and Park. Inside you can view rooms furnished with period Renaissance pieces as well as a museum exhibiting models of the machines the master imagined such as flying machine, the parachute and the helicopter. The 6 hectares park also features larger renditions of Leonardo's engeneering inventions like a double-deck bridge, a machine gun, a tank.
Did you know that the manor and the castle were linked via an underground passage which the King and the painter used to meet frequently? The king and the painter became great friends and whether it is a fact or fiction, as reported by Vassari, the King was at Leonardo's deathbed as depicted by later painters like Ingres. You can view this painting at the Petit Palais in Paris.
Of note, when Leonardo's left Italy, he took many of his works including the Mona Lisa. Upon his death, the painting was sold by his assistant Salai to the King and it's been ever since part of France's great art collection.
|"Francois I Receives the last Breath of leonardo Da Vinci" |
by Ingres (Petit Palais)
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