Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 21 January 1982, lot 45;
Anonymous sale ('Property of a Private Collector'), New York, Christie's, 24 January 2003, lot 166, where acquired by the present collector for $920,000.
R. Middione, Antonio Joli, Soncino 1995, p. 27, reproduced fig. 13;
M. Manzelli, Antonio Joli, Venice 1999, p. 93, no. R.21;
C. Beddington, 'Book Review: Antonio Joli: opera pittorica by Mario Manzelli', in The Burlington Magazine, October 2000, CXLII, 1171, p. 640;
R. Toledano, Antonio Joli, Turin 2006, p. 165, no. R.VIII.19, reproduced, and in colour plate XIV.
Toledano dates this view of Rome to 1744–49, during the artist's English sojourn. He lists five versions of the present design, which differs from other treatments of the same view by including the pine tree at the left. The present painting appears to be the finest of the known versions (some of which show some studio participation), thanks to its chromatic brilliance and luminosity. Joli paid particular attention to the gentle reflection of the bridge in the rippling water, which in the other versions is not nearly as successful.
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