Medieval Men and Women Were a Lot Like Us, Their Made-Up Monsters Show

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MS H.8, Fol. 191 verso, St. Martha taming the tarasque. St. Martha preaching (margin), and initial O, “Hours of Henry VIII”MS H.8, "Hours of Henry VIII,” book of hours, France, Tours, ca. 1500

The Taming the Tarasque, from Hours of Henry VIII, France, Tours, ca. 1500. The Morgan Library & Museum/Graham S. Haber

The current exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum titled “Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens and Wonders” is a masterclass in Medieval lore. While the source material might be, on average, more than six centuries old, it actually makes for pretty good fare for pop-culture aficionados.

Mildly annoyed at how long you have to wait for the final installment of Game of Thrones? This exhibition, rife with dragons, wyverns, sphinxes, unicorns and “sea swines,” is for you. It’s also for anyone with a passion for gender studies or a voracious appetite for examining power dynamics in imagery (i.e. there’s at least a little cultural relevance outside the George R.R. Martin fandom).

Medieval Monsters continues through September 23 at The Morgan Library.

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Coralarium: Ocean’s First Intertidal Art Museum Doubles as Marine Habitat

Μουσείο για κοράλλια και υποβρύχια αγάλματα!

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A new first-of-its-kind underwater art museum in the Maldives features exhibits and sculptures at various levels, from the seabed through the intertidal waterline and up to the skyline, designed to be exposed and submerged to different degrees.

More than just an aesthetic endeavor, however, the project by environmental artist Jason Decaires Taylor is engineered to support the regrowth of endangered coral populations and other local marine wildlife. It’s the island’s first regeneration project, addressing a real need while also raising regional awareness. Continue reading