National Geographic : 1967 Jul
San Jacopo sopr'Arno, its altarpiece drowned; last of the three rescue labors, saving the Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi, heavy oil paintings from a storage area (painting, pages up to 8 feet; San Niccolo sopr'Arno, 10 feet; 30-31). In Santa Maria Novella, the great Ognissanti.... Dominican church, the flood's worst oil stains marked Uccello's frescoes in the refectory, N O ONE CAN RECALL with any pre- those in the Strozzi Chapel, and the powerful cision when the longest day ended, for frescoes of the Spanish Chapel (page 38). night came early, fusing into the dark- The mourning of widows, cry of children, ness of afternoon. The waters remained, a and wailing of cats added to the night's terror. restless lake over all classical Florence. In the Isolated, without light or heat or telephones, Uffizi a human chain had just completed the a stricken city waited for dawn.