NEYTS, Gillis
(b. 1623, Gent, d. 1687, Antwerpen)

The Ponte Lucano

Pen and brown-grey ink on vellum, 71 x 103 mm
British Museum, London

This drawing depicts figures on the road approaching the bridge with its square crenellated tower, with the round tomb of the Plautii at the further end, and a boat on the river.

Stretching across the banks of the Anio River, the graceful seven-arched bridge of Ponte Lucano connects past and present within a storied landscape. Dating from the 1st century B.C. and extending the ancient consular road of Via Tiburtina, Ponte Lucano served the road from Tivoli to Rome until the mid-20th century. The bridge is part of an archaeological landscape that includes remains of the mausoleum of Plautii (1st century B.C.)

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