The sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps, whether swimming
vigorously, gambolling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply
displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually
engaging elements on these maps, and yet they have never been carefully
studied. The subject is important not only in the history of
cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history
of the geography of the 'marvellous' and of western conceptions of the
ocean. Moreover, the sea monsters depicted on maps can supply important
insights into the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers
who drew or painted them.
In this highly-illustrated book the author analyzes the most important examples of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps produced in Europe, beginning with the earliest mappaemundi on which they appear in the tenth century and continuing to the end of the sixteenth century.
Sea Monsters on Medieval - Chet van Duzer
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