Dark Water

Flood and Redemption in Florence--The City of Masterpieces
by Robert Clark
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Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Publication Date: October 07, 2008

ISBN: 9780385528344

Binding: Kobo eBook

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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.