The 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci‘s death is being celebrated in style at the Loire Valley town of Amboise as French President Emmanuel Macron and his Italian President Sergio Mattarella joins in the festivity.
The presidents will mark the anniversary with visits to his grave at the royal chateau and the Clos Luce in a show of unity. This comes after months of diplomatic tensions between Paris and Rome over the hardline policies of Italy’s populist government and its support for France’s anti-government “yellow vest” protesters.
“The bond between our countries and our citizens is indestructible,” Macron said after the two men lunched at the Clos Luce, the sumptuous manor house where Leonardo spent the last three years of his life.
Leonardo da Vinci‘s death brough a joint celebration and it began with their visit at the royal chateau in Amboise, where they laid wreaths at Leonardo’s grave. They later headed to the sprawling chateau of Chambord; whose central double-helix staircase is attributed to Leonardo though the first stone was not laid until four months after his death.
In attendance at the events were guests like the Italian star architect Renzo Piano, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and historian Stephane Bern, a prominent French television personality.