Dresden from the Left Bank of the Elbe, Beneath the Fortifications

size(cm): 50x85
Sale price£211 GBP


The painting Dresden from the Left Bank of the Elbe, below the Fortifications by Bernardo Bellotto is a masterpiece of 18th century Baroque art. This impressive work of art measures 135 x 238 cm and depicts the city of Dresden from the left bank of the Elbe River, with the fortifications in the foreground.

Bellotto is known for his ability to create detailed and realistic cityscapes, and this painting is no exception. The composition is impressive, with the view of the city framed by the fortifications and the river in the foreground. The artist strikes a perfect balance between architecture and nature, creating an image that is both majestic and serene.

Color is another notable aspect of this painting. Bellotto uses a soft color palette and pastel tones to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Sunlight filtering through the clouds illuminates the city, creating soft, subtle shadows on the buildings and on the surface of the river.

The story behind this painting is also fascinating. It was created in 1748 by Bellotto, who was hired by the Elector of Saxony to create a series of views of Dresden. This particular work was commissioned by the King of Poland, Augustus III, and was part of a series of paintings that were used to decorate the Palace of Versailles.

Despite its historical and artistic importance, this painting is little known compared to other masterpieces of Baroque art. However, its beauty and technical skill deserve to be recognized and appreciated by all art lovers.

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