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Rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer – Armour-plated Awesomeness

Rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer

What’s amazing about this woodcut, apart of the artistic brilliance and the $300,000 price-tag, is that Dürer had never seen a rhinoceros when he created this image in 1515. The German artist relied upon a written description in a letter and a brief sketch provided by an unknown person. Armour was clearly on his mind. People thought it was an accurate representation of the animal for several centuries. Today, Dürer’s rhino looks like something from a fantasy movie. Even though this image was wildly popular during Dürer’s time, prints are very scarce today.

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