Dark Water: Art, Disaster, and Redemption in Florence

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Anchor Books, 2009 - Art - 368 pages
Birthplace of Michelangelo and home to untold masterpieces, Florence is a city for art lovers. But on November 4, 1966, the rising waters of the Arno threatened to erase over seven centuries of history and human achievement. Now Robert Clark explores the Italian city's greatest flood and its aftermath through the voices of its witnesses. Two American artists wade through the devastated beauty; a photographer stows away on an army helicopter to witness the tragedy first-hand; a British "mud angel" spends a month scraping mold from the world's masterpieces; and, through it all, an author asks why art matters so very much to us, even in the face of overwhelming disaster. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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User Review  - Kiwimrsmac - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the historical references, and the nod to the restoration effort, but found that the book didn't meet my expectations of more information about the flood, and the effect of the flood on ... Read full review

DARK WATER: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces

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Novelist and historian Clark (Love Among the Ruins, 2001, etc.) delivers a besotted, occasionally unwieldy examination of the lore surrounding Florence's Arno River, centered around the great flood of ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

ROBERT CLARK is the author of the novels In the Deep Midwinter, Mr. White's Confession, and Love Among the Ruins as well as the nonfiction books My Grandfather's House, River of the West, and The Solace of Food: A Life of James Beard.

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