This unfinished painting by Leonardo da Vinci shows St Jerome, the 4th century scholar and translator of the Bible from Hebrew to Latin during his penance in the desert. A painting that dates from the 1480s. Leonardo strips the representation of all artifice and represents the hairless saint, with emaciated features, dressed in rags, without the sacred book. Only the religious sentiment remains. This painting speaks as much of Leonardo’s spirituality as of the devotion of Saint Jerome.
Château du Clos-Lucé, where the painter lived
The Château du Clos Lucé is devoting an exhibition-event to Saint Jerome by Leonardo da Vinci, an unfinished masterpiece. . The Vatican Museums lend for the first time a painting of the Renaissance giant, the “Saint-Jérôme” to the Château du Clos-Lucé in Amboise in which Vinci lived here for three years, from 1516 to 1519, at the invitation of the young king François Ier, 22 years old and wild with admiration for the sixty-year-old master. the Saint Jerome raises many questions as to the reasons why it was never finished, its dating, its sponsors, its provenance. For some specialists, Leonardo would never have stopped coming back to it and would have become attached to it. The work would have accompanied him throughout his existence. Arrived under escort in the last resting place of the Florentine genius, the painting will be visible behind armored glass, lined with a box with controlled humidity. The exhibition, already presented at the Vatican and then in New York in 2019, is scheduled until September 20.
Chateau du Clos Lucé
2 Rue du Clos Lucé, 37400 Amboise
Entrance fees to the castle : In addition to the entrance ticket (at the Museum Hall located in the pars): • Adults: 7 euros • 7 – 18 years old / students / reduced rates: 5 euros • Free for children under 7 years old.