‘Ignorant of Nautical Matters?” The Mariner’s Mirror and the Iconography of Medieval and Sixteenth Century Ships

By Ian Friel, published February 2011


This article focuses on the period Ad400-1600 to indicate how ship representations from this period have always been important sources for research, alongside documentary and archeological evidence. The Mariner’s Mirror has reproduced a number over the years, and they remain an important source for research. Ship graffiti is also mentioned as a research tool, highlighted by the Mirror, as were the ‘old ship pictures’ and seals which were catalogued by the founder members of the Society. The article concludes by suggesting that studying iconography should be part of an understanding of the human world to which it belongs.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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