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The National Gallery reunites five unique views of the Saxon fortress Königstein, painted by 18th-century urban landscape painter, Bellotto.

Bernardo Bellotto was nephew to Venetian artist Canaletto, and his work was long overlooked in favour of his more famous uncle. The National Gallery is bringing together five outstanding examples of his work that all depict the same subject matter – a stronghold 25 miles from Dresden, Königstein – including The Fortress of Königstein from the North (1756-58) which was recently saved for the National Gallery’s collection with Art Fund support.

In each painting the splendour of the castle outside and in is celebrated, but how you view them can affect what you see – from afar you will be struck by the powerful drama and sharp angular form of the building, but up close you might notice tiny figures hanging washing and walls that are crumbling away.

Bellotto is now known for taking the tradition of view painting in a radical new direction, become a distinctive artistic voice in 18th-century art.

The Fortress of Königstein from the North was acquired with Art Fund support.

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