Albrecht Durer was given a written description and rough sketch of a rhinoceros that arrived in Lisbon in 1515. He never actually saw a rhinoceros, but created the now famous woodcut. Durer ‘s beast seems to be wearing a coat of armor: part fact, part fiction and pure genius.
(This was the first living rhinoceros in Europe since Roman times. Sadly, it died in a shipwreck in 1516 when being sent as a gift to Pope Leo X.)
Collage with found objects, ink, removable dividers
9 ½ x 6 ¼ x 3 ½”