Turner’s viewpoint for this distant view of St Peter’s may have been the Pineta Sacchetti, a wood of pine trees which lies to the west of the Vatican, at the foot of Monte Mario. The arched structure in the left-hand foreground has not been identified. In front of Michelangelo’s famous dome can be seen part of the ancient medieval walls at the western tip of the Vatican complex. On the left end is a machicolated tower, today occupied by Vatican Radio, whilst on the right is a second tower, the Torre San Giovanni (Tower of St John). A similar view can be found on folios 6 verso–7 (D16168–D16169).
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