This brick-arched street that ran from the Piazza SS. Giovanni e Paolo to the Via di S. Gregoria would provide a backdrop for mythological scenes and allegories throughout Jan’s career.
There are numerous other drawings of this same site by other Northern artists: Willem van Nieulandt, Sebastiaen Vrancx, Tobias Verhaecht. Ruby suggests that they were all working from, or inspired by, a lost drawing by Matthijs Bril. See Ruby in Munich 2013, p. 41 and note 25.