Here be Dragons, hic sunt dracones, is a famously inscribed on one of the oldest globes in the world, the Hunt-Lenox Globe from ca. 1510, as a phrase marking unchartered territory. The following images are not about terrae incognitae – but they are about dragons. Even African ones.
Bestiaries – books of beasts – were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals and legendary creatures. Each beast was an allegory: “Animals, both real and imagined, wild and domestic, were thought to have significance beyond themselves” (James Grout). For example, the pelican, devoted to its children, was believed […]