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Treasures of the museums of the province : Chambord, a lesson of elegance

If its a park of a thousand hectares, is accessible in part from the 11th of may, the visits not virtual of the castle of Chambord, which attracted 1.1 million visitors in 2019, on the occasion of the demonstrations of its half-millennium, will only be possible from Friday 5 June.

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To wait or want Jean d'haussonville, director general of the national domain of Loir-et-Cher classified as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981, and Virginia Berdal in charge of research at the Domain invites you, from your computer screen or your smartphone to a half-hour virtual tour, free of charge. Broadcast from Tuesday 2 June to 18 hours on the site Facebook of the museum, in partnership with Le Figaro, Facebook France, the network CLICK.France's digital initiatives, in museums and in the magazine connaissance des arts.

François Ier, whose Chambord is the ultimate masterpiece will, of course, omnipresent even if it is not passed between its walls of tufa that 73 days. Everything here reminds us to start by the arches coffered decorated with salamanders and " F ". The breath far away from Leonardo da Vinci to his genius friend, the prince of artists, men of science and of the wise, will be noticeable also. Even if the tuscany-born genius, who died in 1519, the year of the beginning of work that will last twenty-two years, has not participated directly in the design of the building.

The double stairway like the one that will not fail to detail the lens of the camera - the most beautiful one that could be - he had even drawn several in his books...

today, we say that such an invention is ideal to prevent the spread of miasmas and other ill virus. Originally, however, the fact that the people climbing the stairs never meet those descending had mostly been thought to facilitate the changing of the guard.

Chambord ? A field of nearly thirty years on a marshy land, hogging up to 1,800 workers, a Greek-cross plan - caprice extraordinary that there seems to be no plan, inspired by the new Saint Peter's basilica in Rome built at the same time, a total of 440 rooms, roofs-terraces at forest of chimneys and turrets crowned by a beautiful dome, 77 staircases, 282 fireplaces and 800 carved capitals.

total of 220,000 tonnes of stone extracted from quarries tourangelles, the fine slate roofs from England and Angers. These data superlatives would be nothing without the elegance, general retail, emerging from the whole.

there is here, before the medieval mark, or the symmetry of a rigor already classic, what the Italians call " sprezzatura ". Elegance as natural, as spontaneous, as she hides a hard work and know-how of the titanic. The term has been conceptualized for the first time by another great man of the Renaissance, Baldassare Castiglione. Yes, the one whose portrait was painted by Raphael's rival to the Louvre with that of Monna Lisa. He defines the term in his book The Book of the courtier, published nine years after the death of Leonardo. Is theorized one of the essential virtues of the man of court, a character embodying then the civilization.

Tuesday, 2 June from 18 hours on the page Facebook of the museum (the www.facebook.com/ lechateaudechambord) as well as on his account Instagram.

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