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Bernardo Bellotto



Bernardo Bellotto

born Jan. 30, 1720, Venice [Italy]
died Oct. 17, 1780, Warsaw, Pol.

also called Canaletto Belotto, or Canaletto The Younger vedute (“view”) painter of the Venetian school known for his carefully drawn topographical paintings of central Italian and eastern European cities.

Bellotto studied under his uncle, Canaletto, and was himself known by that name when painting outside Italy. Bellotto's urban scenes have the same carefully drawn realism as his uncle's Venetian views but are marked by heavy shadows and are darker and colder in tone and colour. The fidelity of his views are in part attributable to the use of the camera obscura.

He painted scenes of Venice until 1742, when he left for Rome, and, after traveling in northern Italy for a time, he permanently left the country and went to Munich in 1747. He became court painter to the elector Frederick Augustus II and lived mostly in Dresden from 1747 to 1766. In 1767 he went to St. Petersburg and was invited by Stanislaw II of Poland to come to Warsaw and become his court painter. Bellotto's accurately detailed views of the Polish capital were used after World War II to restore the historic sections of the city.



The Kreuzkirche in Dresden

Oil on canvas, 197 x 187 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


Dresden, the Frauenkirche and the Rampische Gasse

Oil on canvas, 193 x 186 cm
Gemaldegalerie, Dresden


New Market Square in Dresden from the Judenhof

Oil on canvas, 136 x 236 cm
Gemaldegalerie, Dresden


Zwinger Waterway

Oil on canvas, 133 x 235 cm
Gemaldegalerie, Dresden


Dresden, the Ruins of the Pirnaische Vorstadt

Oil on canvas, 80 x 112 cm
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Troyes


The Ruins of the Old Kreuzkirche in Dresden

Oil on canvas
Gemaldegalerie, Dresden


Vienna, the Lobkowitzplatz

Oil on canvas, 115 x 152 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


Vienna, Panorama from Palais Kaunitz

Oil on canvas, 134 x 237 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


View of Vienna from the Belvedere

Oil on canvas, 135 x 213 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


View of Warsaw from the Royal Palace

Oil on canvas, 166 x 269 cm
National Museum, Warsaw

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