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Explorations in the footsteps of Turner, Cotman and Ruskin with Professor David Hill

Ponte Rotto to Ponte Cestio SS

Looking up the river Tiber over the Ponte Rotto to Tiber Island from the Ponte Palatino, Rome
Photograph by David Hill taken 12 April 2015, 14.44 GMT
Taken from the same line of sight as Turner’s sketch TB CLXXXII 41. Turner’s actual viewpoint is at the end of the Ponte Rotto, but is not accessible today. It is noteworthy that Turner restricted himself to the Ponte Cestio in his sketch, when the Ponte Fabricus is as much a feature from this viewpoint. The Ponte Rotto obscures the Ponte Cestio in this shot, which opens to view to the left of the Ponte Rotto in the next photograph.

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Published on April 16, 2015 at 1600 × 1067 in Turner in Italy: Rome from Mount Aventine, 1836