BELLOTTO, Bernardo
(b. 1720, Venezia, d. 1780, Warszawa)

The Piazza della Signoria in Florence

c. 1742
Oil on canvas, 61 x 90 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

The vedute representing parts of Florence are early works. They are presumed to have been produced in the 1740s, when Bellotto made a long study tour of Italy and painted views of many Italian towns, including Verona, Turin and Florence. In these early works the influence of the older Canaletto is strikingly obvious: as tradition demanded, the young view-painter at his debut kept his construction compact and strictly observed the laws of perspective. However, accurate observation and a good eye for details were evident assets of the young painter.