The Ponte Santa Maria

David Karmon

in The Ruin of the Eternal City

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199766895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896745 | DOI:
The Ponte Santa Maria

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The obscure fragment known today as the Ponte Rotto was at the center of major preservation efforts during the Renaissance, as a vital transportation corridor for the city of Rome. Ongoing expenses to preserve this infrastructure far surpassed those for the more famous Colosseum or Pantheon, and even Michelangelo was involved in its repairs. The collapse of the bridge in 1557 was caused not by the Renaissance disregard for antiquity, but by overly exacting preservation requirements.

Keywords: Ponte Santa Maria; Ponte Rotto; transportation corridor; infrastructure; Michelangelo; preservation requirements

Chapter.  11003 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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