Dark Water: Art, Disaster, and Redemption in Florence

Dark Water: Art, Disaster, and Redemption in Florence

by Robert Clark

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Dark Water: Art, Disaster, and Redemption in Florence by Robert Clark

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767926492
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 514,455
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

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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