Bernardo Bellotto

1722 - 1780

Bellotto was born in Venice; he was the nephew of Canaletto, to whom he was an assistant. From Canaletto he learned the use of the camera obscura, but his own views use colder colours than those of Canaletto.

He worked as a view painter, at first in Italy but after 1747 entirely in northern Europe, especially in Dresden. He moved to Warsaw in 1767 and remained there for the rest of his life. His vedute of Warsaw were sufficiently accurate topographically to be used during the reconstruction of the city after World War II.

He sometimes signed himself Bellotto de Canaletto, and is therefore known in some places as Canaletto.