Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Beyond this Place there be Dragons


Acrylic on Canvas ~ 1999
31 x 36″ ~ 78 x 89 cm

Medieval dragon art was drawn around the borders of many old world maps. Actual dragons are gathering in anticipation as a ship sails towards the edge.

In ancient times many people believed that the world was flat, and an old world map would reflect that. Under the precarious conditions that sailors endured, many ships and their crews were lost at sea. There needed to be a way to explain this so that people who had lost their loved ones could come to terms with the tragic loss. It was said that the ship had sailed over the edge of the world, and landed in a hostile environment where medieval dragons dwelt waiting to devour the helpless crews. You can actually see written on some ancient maps the words, “ Beyond this Place there be Dragons”.

This painting has participated in the following International Exhibit;
12th International Painting Exhibition, Omma Center for Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece 2002