Rhinocerus (Das Rhinozeros), Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer
Rhinocerus (Das Rhinozeros)
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Albrecht Dürer

Rhinocerus (Das Rhinozeros), 1515

239 x 298 mm
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Woodcut and letterpress
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31588 D
Ancient Holding. Acquired before 1824
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Shortly after an Indian sultan had sent King Manuel I of Portugal a rhinoceros as a gift, Dürer - who was not only imaginative, but also an astute businessman - produced a flyer documenting the occasion. Dürer never saw the creature himself and had to base his depiction of it entirely on descriptions and on what was probably not a very accurate drawing. In fact, no one in Europe had seen a rhinoceros since ancient times. Nonetheless, his fanciful design with scales, a carapace and horns was so convincing that it would determine the European image of a rhinoceros for centuries.

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