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The Ruin of the Eternal CityAntiquity and Preservation in Renaissance Rome$
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David Karmon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766895.001.0001

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The Ponte Santa Maria

The Ponte Santa Maria

(p.171) 6 The Ponte Santa Maria
The Ruin of the Eternal City

David Karmon

Oxford University Press

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

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