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Sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps — whether swimming, gamboling amid the waves or attacking ships — 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 geography in relation to the ocean.
Join academic Chet van Duzer as he discusses the meanings of these wondrous creatures.