This print of a rhinoceros was created by Albrecht Dürer, the most famous artist of his day. Dürer’s celebrity was in part due to his ability to make his work both available and affordable to a mass audience. The new technology of woodcut printing allowed drawings to be mass produced; around 4000 to 5000 copies of the rhino print were probably sold in Dürer’s lifetime. Dürer, however, never actually saw a live rhino and based his drawing on a brief sketch and a letter.

This print of a rhinoceros was created by Albrecht Dürer, the most famous artist of his day. Dürer’s celebrity was in part due to his ability to make his work both available and affordable to a mass audience. The new technology of woodcut printing allowed drawings to be mass produced; around 4000 to 5000 copies of the rhino print were probably sold in Dürer’s lifetime. Dürer, however, never actually saw a live rhino and based his drawing on a brief sketch and a letter.

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