Thursday, March 18, 2010

Albrecht Dürer's Rhinoceros

This woodcut was on a recent cover of JAMA. Durer is (as you know) THE most famous woodcut artist of all times. Interesting he never saw a rhino. So the armor plates are not real nor is the "Durer horn" on the back. A rhino did make it to Lisbon in 1515 not seen in Europe since Roman times. It is believable that people supposed that this was a unicorn(the possible sire of the methicorn).

Even though Durer's inaccuracies were obvious his woodcut remained in natural history texts for 200 years.

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posted by joe @ 3/18/2010 09:05:00 PM   5 comments


At 8:07 PM, Blogger joe said...

you're hurting my feelings with no comment on the rhino

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Clay said...

My favorite woodcuts are those of M.C. Escher.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger joe said...

Fine Art Lithographs: I'm sure he may have done woodcuts but the one I see are lithographs. M. C.'s are interesting but hard to understand.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Clay said...

He did alot of both. Here is one of my favorites.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger joe said...

well, that is nice but not as good as rhino, the methicorn's father.


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