He took as models the views painted by his uncle, directly or through engravings. Some minor features differentiate the works of the two masters. Negatively, Bernardo is not appealed in characters and animation. He restricts the amount of boats and gondolas, providing some volume to his compositions.
Positively, Bernardo's architectural detail is sharp and his colors are looking to express new atmospheres. A view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto painted around 1739, 60 x 92 cm, with a warm effect of sunrise or sunset, was sold for £ 3.3 million including premium by Christie's on December 5, 2012.
Henry Howard 4th Earl of Carlisle made his grand tour of Italy in 1738 and 1739. He was in touch with commercial agents including Zanetti who was already seeking to promote the art of the nephew. Through these courtiers, orders and deliveries will last long after his trip, ensuring to the Howard family one of the most spectacular collections of Italian views.
On July 8 in London, Sotheby's sells a view of the Grand Canal from Palazzo Foscari by Bernardo Bellotto, lot 21 estimated £ 2.5M. This oil on canvas 60 x 90 cm was delivered in 1740 at Castle Howard, where it remained until now. One of the banks is in the shade and the other in the sun with beautiful reflections in the water of the canal.