Symposium: ‘The great and terrible flood. The Saint Elizabeth’s Flood’.
On Friday 19 November, the Dordrechts Museum, in collaboration with Radboud University Nijmegen, is organizing the symposium: ‘The great and terrible flood. The Saint Elizabeth’s Flood’.
The Saint Elizabeth’s Flood took place six hundred years ago. In the night of 18 to 19 November 1421 a dike broke in the vicinity of Dordrecht. The stories of a flood of Biblical proportions formed the basis for a rich culture of remembrance. From the fifteenth century onwards, countless painters, writers, printmakers and mapmakers have immortalized stories about the disaster. The myth-making and cultural imagination have ensured that the St Elizabeth’s Flood lives on in the collective memory to this day as one of the greatest disasters in Dutch history. What lessons can future generations draw from the ‘great and terrible flood’?
This afternoon offers a varied program with music by Camerata Trajectina and lectures by experts in the field of the St. Elizabeth’s Flood, such as Lotte Jensen, Maarten Kleinhans, Hanneke van Asperen, Marianne Eekhout and others.