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Jan Both

View of the Ponte Milvio



Inscription: Signed in lower left corner: Both, fe [fecit]

Museum number: P16

Curatorial note

From a series of six views of Rome and the surrounding campagna.

This view shows a large barge and a smaller boat, both carrying barrels, moored against the bank of the River Tiber with a group of what may be barge skippers or merchants in the right foreground. Two loaded mules are shown just walking off the bridge to the left. In the foreground lie two antique fragments.

The Ponte Milvio was built in 115 AD replacing an ealier stone bridge over the River Tiber and is celebrated as the site of the 'Battle of the Milvian bridge' in 312 AD when Constantine defeated his rival Maxentius. The bridge has been substantially modified since Roman times but survives.

This etching was issued in several states and a precise identification of the 'state' of this print has not yet been made.

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