Bernardo Bellotto (1721/2-1780), also known as Canaletto
“Old Church of the Cross” (1750)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
The painting depicts the Dresden Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross), a Lutheran church in Dresden, Germany. This is what the church looked like before it was destroyed and then rebuilt, after the heavy damage inflicted on it by Prussian cannonade during the Seven Years’ War.