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Port of Dresden

Following in the tradition of his more famous uncle, Canaletto, Bellotto specialized in cityscapes. This image of Dresden is not only a portrait of the city’s port, but it is a document recording the constant cycle of destruction and rebuilding, the ever-changing face of a city as it battles the elements of time. Bellotto left Venice for Dresden and then Warsaw.

Bernardo Bellotto
Italian, 1721–1780
Port of Dresden
1750
Etching on paper
Image/plate: 21 5/16 x 32 7/8 in. (54.1 x 83.5 cm); sheet: 25 ½ x 36 9/16 in. (64.8 x 92.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.144.1