In case you hadn't heard (unlikely with all the hullabaloo surrounding the anniversary), it's been 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci breathed his last at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise. And the Loire Valley town (and the rest of the region for that matter) is not about to let the milestone go by without a full year of events, concerts and light shows. Enter the Viva da Vinci! 2019 festival, an anniversary celebration of epic scale.
Calling all Egyptology fans. An exhibition devoted to Tutankhamun is heading to Paris which will showcase a major collection of the Pharoah’s exceptional treasures in collaboration with the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Discover Pierre-Auguste Renoir's summer home, in Essoyes in Champagne, where he lived there on and off for more than three decades on the centenary of his death. His final resting place is preparing to honour its adopted son with a volley of events and a flagship exhibition Be sure to visit between May and October, when a number of the painter's original works will go on show in the dining room.
A one of a kind exhibition will be dedicated to displaying the works of, American painter, Norman Rockwell's works. Devoted in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of both the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Image credit: rockwellfourfreedoms.org
Follow in the footsteps of the 'original Impressionist' and quiet rule-breaker who inspired a movement. Unmissable. IMAGE © www.musee-orsay.fr
The life of the Buddha and the spread of Buddism in Asia will be displayed for the first time ever in France. It will put a spotlight on the rich iconography and stylistic traditions applied to representations of the religious leader.
During the Great War, around 6.6 million soldiers were captured. What was life like for them? The Verdun Memorial presents a major exhibition with personal items, public archives and prisoners' own testimonies.
In honour of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, his unfinished masterpiece, Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness, has gone on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Don't miss out.
Elegantly-designed, handcrafted French cars from the 1930s are works of art on wheels. This fascinating exhibition at Mullin Automotive Museum takes a look under the hood, showcasing the beauty and artistry of France’s finest coachbuilders. Event ongoing.
Pastel portraits became very popular during the 18th century because they were portable and much more quickly finished than oil paintings. This collection, which includes works by many French artists, explores the physical properties of the medium that made it so appealing.
Renaissance Faire meets live action role-playing meets Tolkien – with fire dancers, hatchet throwers and a mythical menagerie to boot – Calvados's fantasy festival covers all the bases. What does cider have to do with it? Nothing. It just comes with the territory… Get in contact via enquiry form on site.
HERITAGE DAYS From the Senate to the Paris Métro control room, the Journées du Patrimoine offer nosey denizens behind-the-scenes access to a flurry of off-limits "attractions" – and the odd crypt.