Book ID: CBB001552957

Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps (2013)


Van Duzer, Chet A. (Author)

British Library

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 143 pp.; ill.
Language: English

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 Chet Van Duzer analyses 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.

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Review Brownstein, Daniel (2015) Review of "Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps". Renaissance Quarterly (pp. 1028-1030). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Wintle, Michael J.
Koch, Tom
Van Duzer, Chet A.
Batsaki, Yota
Bazzaz, Sahar
Angelov, Dimiter
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Journal of Global History
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Journal of Early Modern History
Cambridge University Press
University of Chicago Press
Harvard University Press
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
de Gruyter
Maps; atlases
Science and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Mercator, Gerardus
Cotrugli, Benedetto
Mediterranean region
Papua New Guinea
Early modern
16th century

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