Through a Painter’s View
February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
On a bright sunny morning, I walked along the park right by the river Elbe. Suddenly I saw this curious metal frame at one corner, with a picture of an old painting and description on the side. However everyone would understand what was this about without reading anything: The metal frame was framing the exact same thing as in the picture! It was like looking to the world through the art of a painter. The viewer could also see how much Dresden has changed since 1748, so much fun even if you don’t know anything about art.
The painter’s name was Bernardo Bellotto, a Venetian who first moved to Dresden in 1747 with an invitation from the King August III of Poland. Bellotto was known for painting views of a city with detailed representation of the buildings and natural surrounding elements. All of his work done in Dresden was one way for us to have a glimpse of Dresden’s former beauty, before being ruthlessly destroyed.
Apparently, the description also told visitor that they could admire the actual painting at the Zwinger. It was on display when I visited 🙂 Great way to promote the city through art, while promoting art in the city! I wonder if other Bellotto’s paintings got the same treatment as well. How awesome would this be if it was a project through the entire city!