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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Un(s)even: the monster of the lake

(a detail)

Tasso was fascinated with water creatures. In Il Mondo Creato, he even mentions a huge reptile supposedly living in a Norwegian lake, what we nowadays would call a "cryptid," like the Loch Ness Monster, the mokele-mbembe, Bigfoot, etc.

(The picture is obviously based on Spinosaurus, a dinosaur that has become a must-draw of paleoart after some recent discoveries; see also here.)