all flood images borrowed from the LIFE archive
David Lees, the Florence-born LIFE Magazine photographer, was just one of the many amazing people highlighted in Robert Clark's fascinating book Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces about the devastating 1966 flood of the Arno river. The book is required reading for anyone with an interest in Florence or Renaissance art history. As a one time AH major, I can say that it has thoroughly rekindled the flame of curiosity in me. Lees' photographs of the tragedy brilliantly capture the sense of dutiful melancholy that was felt throughout the region by Florence's own people and the rest of the world. They can bee seen in their entirety here.