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France: 1516–1519 Summary Leonardo's patron Giuliano de Medici died in February of 1516. At that time, Italy stood in awe of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian, and Leonardo did not hope to find any great Italian patron. Therefore, he accepted a standing invitation that had been extended to him first by Louis XII and then again by Francis I to move to France and join its rulers in the Loire Valley. Leonardo's journey probably took about three months. Salai, Melzi and probably one additional servant accompanied the aging man. Pack animals carried several chests; Leonardo took all of his possessions, including the Mona Lisa, knowing that he would never return home. Arriving in Amboise, he took up residence in a manor at Cloux, which was connected by a short underground tunnel to the King's château. The King treated him with great honor. Although Leonardo's arm was paralyzed and he could no longer paint, Francis thought him a worthwhile expense: he enjoyed Leonardo's conversation and regarded him the most cultivated man in Europe.
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