Detail from Bernardo Bellotto, 'The Fortress of Königstein from the North', about 1756-8
Art historian and curator Edgar Peters Bowron gives an overview of Bellotto’s innovative talent as a landscape, architectural, and topographical view painter, in this online talk.
Focussing on Bellotto's years in the Saxon city of Dresden in the service of August III, Elector of Saxony, and King of Poland, 1747–58 and 1761–66, this talk places Bellotto's 'Fortress of Königstein from the North' and its related paintings, within the context of the artist's achievements.
One of the characteristic aspects of 18th-century European art is the ‘view’: a painting, drawing, or print representing a landscape or townscape that is topographical in conception. Venice was the birthplace of the 'veduta' (Italian for ‘view’) and home of its main innovators. Among the many view painters who flourished in 18th-century Europe, none enriched the convention more than Bellotto.
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