DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

The Rhinoceros

1515
Woodcut
British Museum, London

From a drawing (British Museum, London) and its inscription it is clear that Dürer himself had never seen such an animal, but had drawn it after seeing a sketch and after descriptions in a letter from Lisbon. This creature which was previously unknown in modern Europe was presented by King Emanuel to the Pope, but the animal perished during transport owing to shipwreck.