As Europe emerged from the Middle Ages and entered the Renaissance, no one until 1577 in Europe had ever seen a rhino in person since Roman times. Even to the most educated and well travelled, they were still very mysterious beasts. Without ever actually seeing one himself, Dürer based his work on written notes and a quick sketch by another unknown artist. What became the well known "Dürer's Rhinoceros" incorrectly depicts the animal with hard armor plates, a breast plate, a small horn on the back and even rivets. For almost 3 centuries, this was considered an accurate depiction of a rhino. Not later until the 1740s did new, more realistic sketches of the rhino come into the public eye. Dürer's Rhinoceros is considered one of the most influential artworks of an animal in Western art. Part of the sales proceeds to be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
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