At the Met :: Albrecht Dürer – Rhinoceros

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The plaque hanging next to this piece at the Met reads:

Albrecht Dürer never saw the rhinoceros that arrived in Lisbon as a gift from Sultan Muzafa of Cambay to Emanuel I, king of Portugal, in May 1515. He made this woodcut after a drawing of the animal sent by a printer in Lisbon to a friend in Nuremberg. The Rhinoceros became one of the artist’s best-known prints; it served as a model for European artists representing this rare beast well into the eighteenth century and continues to inspire artists today.

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July 14, 2009 11:04 am

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