Photographer's Note

The photo was taken in Clos Lucé - a mansion in Amboise, located 500 metres from the Royal Château d'Amboise. In 1516, King François I invited Leonardo da Vinci to Amboise and provided him with the Clos Lucé as a place to stay and to work. Leonardo lived at the Clos Lucé for the last three years of his life until his death inside it on May 2, 1519.

Today, the Clos Lucé mansion is a museum that reflects the prestigious history of the region and includes forty models of the various machines designed by Leonardo. "Light of faces" (la lumière des visages) is a part of the exposition if the park. It shows the usage of sfumato - a painting technique which overlays translucent layers of colour to create perceptions of depth, volume and form. In Italian sfumato means "smoky" and is derived from the Italian word fumo meaning 'smoke'. Leonardo da Vinci described sfumato as "without lines or borders, in the manner of smoke or beyond the focus plane".

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