The elaborately decorated archway in this drawing is the Arco di Trionfo (Triumphal Arch), a marble gateway which represents the main entrance of the Castel Nuovo, a large fortress also known as the Maschio Angioino, which stands beside the quayside near the main port in Naples. Built in the middle of the fifteenth century for Alfonso V of Aragon, the arch links the Torre di Mezzo and Torre di Guardia (Halfway and Watch Towers) on the western side of the castle. It is made of white marble and covered with bas-relief sculptures by a number of artists. Turner’s sketch looks west from inside the arch up to the hill of Castel Sant’Elmo and the Certosa (Charterhouse) di San Martino.
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