4 November marks the anniversary of the great 1966 flood of the Arno river, the worst since 1557. Many people were killed, and tens of thousands of artworks and books were damaged. At its highest, the waters reached 22 feet near the church of Santa Croce.  Safeguards have since been put in place to ensure that the city remains safe from raging waters, should they ever again approach flood levels.

In commemoration of the somber anniversary, The Art Newspaper published an article in 2016 profiling the “mud angels,” those who stepped in from around the globe to help rescue the history that was vanishing between the waters. Read the full article here.

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