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Here Be Dragons: The Evolution of Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps

Here Be Dragons: The Evolution of Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps

A giant sea-serpent attacks a ship off the coast of Norway on Olaus Magnus’s Carta Marina of Sea monsters on medieval maps run the gamut from menacing giant squids to improbable lion-fish.

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Symbolic Map regarding the Sea Monster legend

An anguilline Norwegian sea serpent (sea-orm) depicted on Swedish cleric Olaus Magnus's famous antiquarian maritime map of the Carta Marina

Beware the leviathan, and that also that monstrous water pig. -- So many sea monsters on this map!  Delightful!  http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/can-you-spot-all-the-sea-monsters-in-this-16thcentury-map

Can You Spot all the Sea Monsters in this 16th-Century Map?

Liber Floridus - Europe map  

These images come from the fabled manuscript, 'Liber Floridus' (Book of Flowers), a Medieval encyclopædia produced some 900 years ago by Lambert, Canon of St Omer, in the NE France/Flanders/Belgium region

: : map : : Liber Floridus - Europe map These images come from the fabled manuscript, 'Liber Floridus' (Book of Flowers), a Medieval encyclopædia produced some 900 years ago by Lambert, Canon of St Omer, in the NE France/Flanders/Belgium region

Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda, and Art | Brain Pickings  Psalter World Map (mappa mundi), 1265  Despite its small size, this is one of the ‘great’ medieval world maps. It is probably a copy of the lost map which adorned King Henry III's bedchamber in Westminster Palace from the mid-1230s. The original colors are intact. Showing east at the top, it is a visual encyclopedia, embracing ancient history, politics, scripture and ethnography as well as geography.

Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda, and Art

Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda, and Art Brain Pickings Psalter World Map (mappa mundi), 1265 Despite its small size, this is one of the ‘great’ medieval world maps. It is probably a copy of the lost map which adorned King Henry III

Olaus Magnus (1490-1557) Carta Marina et descriptio septemtrionalium terrarum ac mirabilium rerum in eis contentarum diligentissime elaborata anno Domini 1539. Description des pays du Nord, qui fut, dans la seconde moitié du xvie siècle, le principal ouvrage de référence concernant les pays scandinaves. Le livre, qu'il imprima lui-même à Rome, en 1555, comporte plusieurs centaines de gravures sur bois d'un très grand intérêt documentaire et artistique.

Olaus Magnus Carta Marina et descriptio septemtrionalium terrarum ac…

For thousands of years sea monsters have appeared on maps as both warnings to travelers and as decorations. Chet Van Duzer explores these monsters in his new book _Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps _and gives readers a better understanding of their place and purpose in history.

Sea Monsters on Renaissance Maps

Chet Van Duzer explores sea monsters on maps through the ages in his new book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps.

Rome Environs Vintage Map 1925. carambas.  would go well with my modern day map of Rome.

Freelance illustrator and map designer from London based in Valencia, Spain, available for commissions and represented worldwide by the agency Illustration.

Antique Surreal Map Print "Monsters of the Deep" Europe Map Sea Monsters Illustration. $30.00, via Etsy.

Antique Surreal Map Print "Monsters of the Deep" Europe Map Sea Monsters Illustration

Various fantastic creatures and sea monsters from a map of the Americas by Diego Gutiérrez, 1562

I really want a map that has the spots where there were mermaid sightings drawn…

Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1570.This excerpt of a map of Iceland shows sea monsters that many believed inhabited the surrounding waters.

Old map of Iceland by a Flemish cartographer showing where the Sea Monsters live.

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