Why is Albrecht Dürer’s (1471-1528) Rhinoceros so unusual?

Answer: Dürer’s famous woodcut shows a very odd-looking rhino, with plates that cover its body like sheets of armour. This was because the artist, like most people in Europe, had never actually seen a rhinoceros. As a result, this image became established as an accurate representation until the 18th century.

Source: The Rhinoceros from Dürer to Stubbs by T. H. Clarke

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