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

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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.

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About Robert Clark

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Robert Clark is the prize-winning author of In the Deep Midwinter, Mr. White's Confession, and his recent memoir, My Grandfather's House. He lives in Seattle.
Published September 27, 2008 by Anchor. 368 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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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 1966.

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A British student, one of thousands of “mud angels” who rushed to Florence to save its art, spends a month scraping mud and mold from Cimabue’s magnificent and neglected Crocifisso as intrigues and infighting among international art experts and connoisseurs swirl around him.

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