Height: 24.8 cm
Width: 31.7 cm
PD 1895-1-22-714 (B.136)
The rhinoceros, by Albrecht Dürer
Date: AD 1515
On 20 May 1515 Dom Manuel I, the king of Portugal, received an unusual present from the Sultan of Gujarat. The present arrived in a ship full of spices. It was a great Indian rhinoceros.
No one had seen a rhinoceros in Europe for more than 1000 years and the news spread quickly. Albrecht Dürer, an artist from Nuremberg, heard a description of the rhinoceros and made this drawing and a woodcut for printing. His picture became very famous and was much copied. However, he did not get it quite right as his rhinoceros has scaly legs and a plated body.