Vaprio d'Adda

Bernardo Bellotto Italian

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By carefully staging the sunlight hitting the facades rising above the Adda River, Bellotto picks out the village of Canonica d'Adda at the right and Vaprio at the center. Located northeast of Milan, Vaprio was the site of Villa Melzi, where Leonardo da Vinci visited his pupil Francesco Melzi. On related drawings, Bellotto noted that this painting and its pendant were made in 1744 for Count Simonetta in Milan. The pendant, now in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, depicts the landscape from the opposite direction.

Vaprio d'Adda, Bernardo Bellotto (Italian, Venice 1722–1780 Warsaw), Oil on canvas

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