Venice 1720 - 1780 Warsaw
Bernardo Bellotto is one of the best-known exponents of Venetian veduta painting alongside Antonio Canale, also known as Canaletto, and Francesco Guardi. He was the nephew and student of Canaletto and bore the same epithet. However, while Canaletto and Guardi remained associated with their native city, Bellotto left Italy for ever in 1747.
His paintings are characterised by their painstaking depiction of reality, mostly showing city scenes from panoramic perspectives. The vedutas he created also served as painted recordings of possessions and residences of the rulers whom he served as court painter.
Bellotto spent two years in Vienna from 1758–59. During this period he produced thirteen paintings for Empress Marie Theresia, one for her chancellor Count Kaunitz and the two paintings at the Garden Palace in Rossau for Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein.