Bernardo Bellotto (Italian, Venetian, 17221780)
Oil on canvas; 18 1/4 x 30 3/4 in. (46.4 x 78.1 cm)
Wrightsman Fund, 1991 (1991.306)
The nephew of Canaletto, by whom he was trained, Bellotto became a view painter of international renown. Between 1747 and 1758, he worked for the court of Dresden. This picture shows the suburban village of Pirna in eastern Germany. Between 1753 and 1756, Bellotto painted canvases representing Pirna with the Obertor for Elector Frederick Augustus II of Saxony and for his prime minister, Count Brühl. This reduced replica was commissioned by a private patron either concurrently or in the late 1760s.