We are very honored that the whole series of 5 images of our book "Beowulf" for Black Cat (De Agostini Group) has been accepted in ILLUSTRATORS 56, exhibition and book 2014, Society of Illustrators NYC.
After an historical and iconographic research we have designed the monsters. Our major reference was the work of Ulysses Aldrovandi entitled "Monstrorum historia cum Paralipomenis historiae omnium animalium" (Bologna, 1642). Ulisse Aldrovandi (11 September 1522 – 4 May 1605) was an Italian naturalist, he is considered the founder of modern Natural History. Along with the collection of specimens coming from all over the world, which were one of the first wunderkammer, Aldovrandi used to collect also drawings of animals hard to find or to preserve. Thanks to artists and painters like Agostino Carracci, Teodoro Ghisi, Jacopo Ligozzi, he created a huge archive made up of 8000 sheets, from which 3000 planks are still preserved today in the University Library of Bologna.