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Mediterranean Rivers: Chained and Unchained

Mediterranean Rivers, Chained and Unchained

Kaemmer Family Gallery, Perlman Teaching Museum

September 18 – November 18, 2015

Co-curated by Professors Mary Savina and Victoria Morse

The Mediterranean region is home to storied rivers from the Arno to the Tiber. This exhibition, highlighting 16th and 17th century illustrations and maps, explores how rivers are revered, documented, altered, controlled, and charted from the point of view of an historian and a geologist. Lessons learned from Italian Renaissance books and charts have direct application to local rivers today, including the Cannon in Northfield, Minnesota.    

The river’s fierce current, its wild
Extremity attained, crushing all manner of things
Wherever it reaches

Making one side high and another low
It carves away the bluffs,
Altering riverbed and river bottom

Overflowing as if to do battle with Mother Earth

Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527