The Palazzo dei Giureconsulti and the Broletto in Milan

Bernardo Bellotto1744

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

  canvas was in English collections for centuries and has only recently been
  returned to Italy and in particular to Milan, for which it depicts a nerve
  centre of the city. The iconographic
  importance of the painting lies in its ability to transmit the historical
  stratification of the architecture of Piazza dei Mercanti, before the
  upheavals and additions made between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth
  centuries. The vertical composition is unusual compared with solutions
  commonly chosen to represent panoramas, but the close-up viewpoint and the
  verticality serve here to enhance the contrast between the mediaeval Palazzo
  della Ragione and the marble facade of the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti. The mass of shadow covering the monuments accentuates
  the already clear vision of the architectural elements, making this painting
  a fundamental element in the series of views preserved in the Pinacoteca, and
  one of the most famous.


  • Title: The Palazzo dei Giureconsulti and the Broletto in Milan
  • Creator: Bernardo Bellotto
  • Date Created: 1744
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 71 x 56 cm
  • Provenance: Purchase, 1998
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Landscape
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Il Palazzo dei Giureconsulti e il Broletto a Milano
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Place: Warsaw
  • Artist Death Date: 1780
  • Artist Birth Place: Venice
  • Artist Birth Date: 1721/1722

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