The greatest painter in Warsaw – the Independent

The first part consists of works from his youth spent in Venice and from the period of travels to other Italian cities: Florence, Milan, Rome, Verona. The second is devoted to the artist’s stay in Dresden, where he worked for the Wettin court for over twenty years – with a break when, after the outbreak of the Seven Years’ War in Europe, he had to look for employment in Vienna and Munich. The last period of the painter’s life and work was in Warsaw. This great Veducist worked here for King Stanisław August and representatives of the aristocracy. In the Royal Castle in Warsaw, in a room designed at the request of the Polish king, you can still admire a set of 22 veduta of Warsaw and the surrounding area, which is the largest existing series of paintings by Bellotto.

He is a castle painter from Warsaw, who came from Italy, but was absorbed into the culture of Poland. He traveled in search of money, orders and fame from Venice through Vienna, Dresden to Warsaw. The exhibition shows this path and the phenomenon of Belotto’s entry into Polishness, who discovered the beauty and conveyed the splendor of Warsaw from the 18th century. The fidelity of his paintings is so great that they were used to rebuild the capital after the Second World War.

– said prof. Fałkowski, director of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

As one of the curators, Dr.Artur Badach – Bellotto, who left the studio of his uncle Antonio Canal, said, he was able to quickly find his own way in painting. He began to introduce realistic elements, stronger contrasts, his colors are cooler. He was immediately noticed and appreciated as a Vedutist, but also a landscape painter. The first order was made by the Duke of Savoy in 1745, asking him to paint the views of Turin. It was at that moment that the artist’s meteoric career began, who painted for many royal courts in Europe at that time.

The exhibition in Warsaw will include works by Bernard Bellott, among others, from the National Gallery and British Museum in London, Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, JP Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Manchester Gallery of Art, Museo Capodimonte in Naples, Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Musei Reali in Turin and Gemäldegalerie in Dresden.

Source:; samek-Kró

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