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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

A rhinoceros 1515

RCIN 800198

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This rhinoceros was sent from Goa in India as a gift to King Manuel I of Portugal. The first to arrive in Europe for centuries, it caused a sensation. Dürer probably did not himself see the animal, but used prints by others to make his woodcut of the beast. His print was to become a model for depictions of rhinoceroses into the twentieth century.