Archives of landscape painting. Pietro Bellotti

A superb exhibit at Ca' Rezzonico, Venice dedicated to the magnificent views of Pietro Bellotti

From 07 December 2013 to 28 April 2014


On 7 December Ca' Rezzonico opened its doors to one of the most fascinating exhibitions in Venice 2013/2014: 'Archives of landscape painting (Venice). Pietro Bellotti'.

The Ca' Rezzonico Venice exhibition marks the opening of 'Archives of landscape paintings' in Venice, an initiative to raise awareness of one of the most popular genres of 18th century landscape painters, and some lesser-known figures, with a series of major vedutisti exhibitions in Venice also in the coming years.

'Archives of landscape painting. Pietro Bellotti' exhibition will investigate the work of Pietro Bellotti landscape painter, active in the 18th century, the younger brother of Bernardo Bellotto and the grandson of one of the greatest Venetian painters of the1700s, Canaletto.

An unprecedented initiative amongst the Venice art exhibitions in December 2013 and part of an ambitious project, the 18th century Venetian painter exhibition on Pietro Bellotti's views presents some fifty paintings from private collections in Europe and the U.

S., as well as major institutions such as the Yale Centre for British Art and the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

Taking advantage of the reputation of his famous uncle, Pietro Bellotti the painter moved to France where he worked for nearly fifty years under the pseudonym of 'the Sieur Canalety' or 'Peter Bellotti of Caneletty'. Besançon, Nantes, Lille, Paris, and for a short time even England, have been witnesses of the great talent of Peter Bellotti. Following an apprenticeship in the workshop of his brother in Toulouse, he developed the inventions of Canaletto with a very personal style and made views of the largest cities in Europe and some architectural projects.

This extraordinary exhibition on vedutisti Venice paintings will be housed in the splendid rooms on the first floor of Ca' Rezzonico - an ancient Venetian residence which now houses the Museum of Eighteenth Century in Venice - until 28 April 2014.

Pietro Bellotti vedute remained for many years in the shadow of the greatest exponents of the painting of the 18th century in Venice and has received well-deserved recognition only in more recent times. With deep knowledge of the style of Canaletto, reworked in a completely independent way, Pietro Bellotti ranges from traditional views of Venice with those of major European cities. The Ca' Rezzonico Venice exhibition investigates the vast figurative repertoire of Pietro Bellotti as widely as possible to provide visitors with a very large window on the complex and eclectic personality of this great Venetian artist.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 07 December 2013 to 28 April 2014

Event location: Venice – Ca’ Rezzonico

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