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The Rhône River ... joined by the Arve

This early Renaissance drawing shows the path of the Arve, descending from the glaciers of Mont Blanc to join the Rhône outside Geneva.


An early prospect of Geneva reveals the Arve in marshy lands to its south, well outside the town limits.


Today, the confluence of the two rivers is well inside the city limits of Geneva. These aerial views, made available through the courtesy of the Geneva photographer Max Oettli, powerfully suggest the figurative opposition of the sublime and the beautiful, associated with Mont Blanc and Geneva, the Creature and the Frankenstein family. The Arve is muddy and roiling as it moves into the placid waters of the Rhone issuing from Lake Geneva.