Vistas of 10 great rivers in glorious works of art
Beauty, physical dimensions and history — all three factors combine to make a river great. But there is another element that elevates a river’s status so that it stands above the rest: the power to inspire artists, poets and other creative spirits through the ages. The following are 10 such rivers which share this last characteristic.
Hover your mouse over the name of each river for a brief factual description. — BU
It floods, it runs over
its continents like the fame
of a great king, upright,
infallible, reigning by the Laws
under cool royal umbrellas.
— from Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation by A. K. Ramanujan
View of the Mississippi River front of New Orleans, 1840s
Henry Lewis (British-born American, 1819–1904)
Lithograph, illustration from Das illustrirte Mississippithal, (published 1854-1857)
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