Carta Marina

In 1539, Olaus Magnus, an exiled Swedish priest living in Rome, published a map of Northern Europe, the first accurate description from Iceland in the west to Russia in the east. The original was huge, made of nine wood lithograph prints. A 40″ x 30″ print hangs above my desk, done on canvas by the great folks at Bay Photo. More than just beautiful, it’s also inspirational; the detailed drawings of fantastic sea creatures, boatwrights, soldiers, men fishing through the ice and killing snakes with clubs, cannons and archers, travelers and kings … these images take me back to a time when the world was largely unknown. Or so we think today…

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