Good afternoon, Readers!
I wanted to share some great news with you today. Do you recall this post from January, “Rare Maps & Sea Monsters“? Well Mariaelena DiBenigno has been very busy since then curating, “Imagined Depths: Sea Monsters in Cartographic History”, an exhibit that is now on display at The Mariners’ Museum Library.
I welcome you to come and play a little “Where’s Waldo” so you can see all of the mythical and fantastical creatures that decorate our rare maps and books from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. If that’s not enough to draw you in, take a peek at the artifacts on display that incorporate the sea creature motif into their design.
My favorite piece so far has been, “Cuba insula. Hispaniola insula.“, Gerhard Mercator, 1611. Mariaelena managed to find a sea creature that awkwardly makes eye contact with you…
Learn more about these sea monsters and the role they played by stopping by! We are open to the public Monday-Wednesday, Friday, 12p-5p, and on Thursday from 12p-7p.