The Porta San Lorenzo, also known as Porta Tiburtina, was an aqueduct constructed by the emperor Augustus in 5 BC, and later incorporated into the Aurelian walls, which were built in the 3rd century AD to protect the city. This is stated in an inscription above the gate, which also mentions restoriations carried out by emperor Honorius in the early 5th century. The name of this gate, as well as the name of the neighborhood, comes from the basilica of San Lorenzo Outside the Walls, located about a half mile further down the road Via Tiburtina.
Robert Courtright is an American collage artist and painter. Born in South Carolina, he studied at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, the New School for Social Research and the Art Students League. His works are in the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano, Switzerland and other museums.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual over all light toning. Some slight irregularities to white pastel sky. Some masking tape residue verso.
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