Durer's Rhinoceros, 16th century

Durer's Rhinoceros, 16th century

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Durer's Rhinoceros. 16th-century artwork of a rhinoceros, illustrating the Rhinocerotidae section in volume 1 of the work 'Historiae Animalium' (1551-1558) by Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner (1516-1565). The text at right is in Latin. This woodcut engraving was originally produced by German artist Albrecht Durer in 1515. It was based on an Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) that had been brought to Lisbon, Portugal, but drowned in a shipwreck on the way to the Pope in Italy. The depiction includes several inaccuracies (such as the horn on its back and the scales on its legs), but was reproduced many times over the following centuries.

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