As well as modern mysteries and strangeness, it’s always interesting to look back at how myths and legends are reflected in the culture of that time. Today we’re looking at sea monsters and their appearance in art via the collection at New York’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art. All the picture credits are from: www.metmuseum.org.
Man Fighting A Sea Monster
This engraving is dated to the mid 16th Century, and depicts a battle between a man and what looks like a fierce looking sea beast. We can only assume that the other creatures that inhabit the picture are based on dolphins. We don’t know if there is a real-world basis for the sea creature, but if one reared its head whilst we were out walking on water, we’d no doubt want to clobber it with a stick like the man in the picture.