Flood and Redemption in the City of MasterpiecesBook - 2008
On November 4, 1966, the city of Florence was inundated by the waters of the Arno River. Beyond the human and economic cost, the flood destroyed or damaged hundreds of works from the Western world's greatest collections of art and sent shock waves around the world. Thousands came and millions were raised to help with the rescue and restoration efforts. DARK WATER brings the flood and its aftermath to life through the voices of witnesses past and present. Two young American artists carrying their baby wade through the flooded city witnessing the Ponte Vecchio buried in debris, the swamped Uffizi Gallery, and, in libraries, one billion pages of books soaked in mire and oil. A Life magazine photographer arrives by helicopter to capture the drama amid the flooded tombs of Machiavelli and Michelangelo. A British student spends a month scraping mud and mold from masterworks as infighting among international art experts and connoisseurs erupts around him. Combining a thousand-year historical scope with intimate detail, DARK WATER is a chronicle of natural disaster and human genius and their lasting effects on one of the world's most beloved cities.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 945.5 C594d 2008
Characteristics: 354 p. : ill. ; 25 cm