Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders

Artwork from medieval time period. Man holding a book with creature in foreground. Text about the event.

As Halloween approaches and your mind turns to the supernatural, join art history professor Sherry Lindquist for an evening of “Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders,” on Wednesday, October 28th, beginning at 6:30 PM. This talk, hosted in the Garden Lounge of Malpass Library, will explore the imagery of fantastical creatures – dragons, giants, gryphons, and other chimerical combinations – and how they were utilized by artists in the European Middle Ages.

These imaginary marvels were invoked for many uses, from reinforcing the status of the powerful and stigmatizing minorities, to providing a space for dominant narratives to be subverted. All are welcome to attend this free lecture and learn what monstrous images meant to those who created and viewed them.

For more information, contact Christina Norton at or 309-298-3298.