Let’s go back to the 18th century when Poland was ruled by its last King, Stanisław August Poniatowski. During this time, his court painter was Bernardo Belotto, an Italian born in Venice. Today, we know this painter under his pseudonym ‘Canaletto’. Bernardo was taught how to paint by his uncle who also worked under the same pseudonym.
Canaletto’s works are characterised most strongly by his attention to detail. He perfected the depiction of the costumes, faces, landscapes and architecture of his time. His precision was so great that his works helped in the rebuilding of the towns destroyed by the war. It is thanks to Canaletto’s works that we were able to rebuild places like the Old City or the Krakowskie Przedmieście Street in Warsaw.
Look closely at one of Canaletto’s paintings. Can you recognize which street he painted? Now, try to find places which are marked on the painting.