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Pirna on the Elba

Bernardo Bellotto (aka Bernardo Francesco Paulo Bellotto), Italian (Venetian), (January 30, 1721–November 17, 1780)

Creation date: ca. 1756
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1943.30
State/Province: Saxony
Dimensions: 19 in. x 31 3/8 in. (48.26 cm x 79.69 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

T. L. C. Curtis, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England ( - )

M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, New York ( - 1943)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California ( - December 4, 1943)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 4, 1943 - )

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Bernardo Bellotto
Italian, active Venice, Dresden, Vienna, and Warsaw, 1721–1780
View of Pirna from the Right Bank of the Elbe
ca. 1755
Oil on canvas

In the 1740s, continental wars disrupted travel to Italy, severely impacting tourism and the art market in Venice. Native artists like Canaletto had to pursue their livelihoods elsewhere. Bernardo Bellotto painted this work while serving as court painter to King Augustus III of Poland in Dresden and Warsaw. Under Augustus III, Dresden was rebuilt in the image of Venice: gondoliers were imported to craft boats for the city’s waterways, and artists like Bellotto were hired to document the city’s wonders, which included the picturesque port town of Pirna. --MAB 2016


Last Updated: 5/6/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Venice, 1700–1800 The Detroit Institute of Arts , 1/1/1952 - 12/31/1952

5 year loan to the new Timken Art Gallery , 9/2/1965 - 9/2/1970

Venetian Views The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/6/2016 - 5/21/2017

Genre and Myth The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/13/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 68, Figure Number: 68

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 24

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 105

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 631

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 77-78, Figure Number: 77

Agnes Mongan and Elizabeth Mongan. European Paintings in The Timken Art Gallery: Putnam Foundation. San Diego, California, 1969
Page Number: 40, 41, 112-113, Figure Number: 12

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, January 1, 1945-January 14, 1945
Page Number: 41

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, December 1, 1944-December 14, 1944
Page Number: 14, Figure Number: 14

Ettore Camesasca. L'opera completa del Bellotto Rizzoli Editore. Milano, Italia, November 1974
Page Number: 101, Figure Number: 115A

Ettore Camesasca. L'opera completa del Bellotto Rizzoli Editore. Milano, Italia, November, 1974
Page Number: 25A, Figure Number: XXV A

Stefan Kozakiewicz. Bernardo Bellotto New York Graphic Society Ltd.. Greenwich, Connecticut, 1972
Page Number: 160, 162, Figure Number: 199

Venice, 1700–1800: The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, Michigan, 1952
Page Number: 16 no. 7

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 122, Figure Number: 122

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