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Bernardo Bellotto (1721-1780)

Bernardo Bellotto

Normally i write a blog on Modern art , but here is the exception. The reason is the design of the Boymans van Beuningen poster for the Bernardo Bellotto exhibition at the Boymans van Beuningen museum.

The design was done byBennoo Wissing, making the exhibition poster one of exceptional quality and bridging the modern sixties posters with the more classic inspired fifties posters.

Bernardo Bellotto (c. 1721] or 30 January 1721 – 17 November 1780), was an Italian[4] urban landscape painter or vedutista, and printmaker in etching famous for his vedute of European cities – DresdenViennaTurin, and Warsaw. He was the student and nephew of the renowned Giovanni Antonio Canal Canaletto and sometimes used the latter’s illustrious name, signing himself as Bernardo Canaletto. In Germany and Poland, Bellotto called himself by his uncle’s name, Canaletto. This caused some confusion, however Bellotto’s work is more sombre in color than Canaletto’s and his depiction of clouds and shadows brings him closer to Dutch painting.

Bellotto’s style was characterized by elaborate representation of architectural and natural vistas, and by the specific quality of each place’s lighting. It is plausible that Bellotto, and other Venetian masters of vedute, may have used the camera obscura in order to achieve superior precision of urban views.[2]

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