Mediterranean Rivers, Chained and Unchained

18 September 2015

In the Italian Renaissance, rivers were not only celebrated for their natural beauty. Instead, images in books and on maps show “rivers in chains” — bridged and otherwise altered to serve cities and rural communities and their transportation, security, water supply, energy and agriculture needs. Scholars, engineers, and architects of the 16th and 17th centuries left designs ranging from practical management schemes to fantastic notions about where rivers come from. This exhibition, curated by historian Victoria Morse and geologist Mary Savina, presenting rare and wonderful illustrated books and maps, speaks not only to past human-river interactions, but also sheds light on how we perceive our rivers today. 

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