Durer's Rhinoceros

Durer's Rhinoceros


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”

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