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Sebastian Munster 1550. "Munster's plate of monsters of both land and sea, taken from Olaus Magnus' "Carta Marina" of 1539

When much of the world had yet to be mapped, many illustrations of the world’s still mysterious oceans featured the weird and wonderful creatures that supposedly lived there. This chart showing sea monsters dates from 1550

Demons Fighting Over an Animal Limb, late 17th century. India. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Doris Rubin, in memory of Harry Rubin, 1989 (1989.236.3) | In this painting, set in a fantastic landscape with rocks, trees and a cityscape in the distance, two fearsome demons are seen quarreling over the leg of an animal.

Demons Fighting Over an Animal Limb, late century. set in a fantastic landscape with rocks, trees and a cityscape in the distance, two fearsome demons are seen quarreling over the leg of an animal.

Manchester, Rylands Medieval Collection. Dante, La Commedia. Florence : Nicolaus Laurentii, Alamanus 1481. Engraving from design by Botticelli.

Florence: Nicolaus Laurentii, Alamanus Engraving from design by Botticelli.

The Demoniacal: Hell Mouth

A hell mouth is an artistic portrayal of the entrance to hell as being the gaping jaws of a monster that was popular in the middle ages a.

Apocalypse, Belgium ca. 1313. BnF, Français 13096, fol. 86r

Apocalypse, Belgium ca. 1313. BnF, Français 13096, fol. 86r

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