curiosity

Introducing the Rhinoceros


In the age of Instagram, it is easy to forget that there was a time—in fact, most of time—when information about what an animal looked like was passed between continents by sketches and word of mouth.  If this rhinoceros looks a little funny, with whiskers under his chin and scale-covered plates, it is because Albrecht Dürer, the great Northern Renaissance artist and thinker who created this print, had never actually seen one. 
Albrecht Dürer, print, woodcut, Rhinoceros, animals, curiosity, Germany, Portugal