Dresden City Market, Bernardo Bellotto – overview of the painting

Dresden City Market, Bernardo Bellotto – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Bernardo Bellotto
  • Museum: Dresden Gallery
  • Year: 1749-1751

Overview of the painting :

Dresden City Market – Bernardo Bellotto. Oil on canvas. 136 x 236

   The paintings of Bernardo Bellotto seem less spiritual, unlike the creations of his brilliant uncle, Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto): they are too photographicly accurate in reproducing nature, impeccably correct, their picturesque gamma is somewhat smoothed. Perhaps the reason is that Bellotto relied less on his artistic instinct and used technical means in his work, in particular a pinhole camera. The main value is the painter – in their historical authenticity.

   The presented canvas depicts the area of the New Market in Dresden with the building of the Horse Courtyard or the Old Stable Stable (left). In the background is the frenzy building of Frauenkirche (the grand evangelical Lutheran church, which was completely destroyed during the bombing of Dresden on February 13-15, 1945, restored only in 2005) and Vakhta with a military garrison built for the parade. Kurfürst August II Strong in 1722 decided to rebuild the Horse Palace building for the art gallery. Bellotto wrote this work a quarter century later, with the next Kurfürst, August III. It was his departure, as historians say (according to the number of horses in the carriage, the luxury of the carriage and horse escort, since it is hardly possible to talk about portrait similarities), he depicted on the canvas. The details are funny: not everyone in the square is honored with the ruler, some are busy with their conversations. In a word, the picture presents a very reliable “instant picture” of the historical place and moment.