Pirna: The Obertor from the South

Artist: Bernardo Bellotto (Italian, Venice 1722–1780 Warsaw)

Date: 1760s

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 18 1/4 x 30 3/4 in. (46.4 x 78.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Wrightsman Fund, 1991

Accession Number: 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 and this picture shows the nearby village of Pirna. Bellotto painted canvases representing Pirna with the Obertor for Elector Frederick Augustus II of Saxony and for his prime minister, Count Brühl, between 1753 and 1756. This reduced replica was commissioned by a private patron either concurrently or in the late 1760s.