Rhinoceros, Art Print by Durer-Vico, Natural History Illustration
Rhinoceros Art Print by Durer-Vico. This fine-art reproduction is printed on heavy 216 gsm acid-free art paper. It includes a custom-cut antique white mat, backing board and clear sleeve. Handcrafted in USA when you order.
• SMALL: 5 x 7" print is matted in 8" x 10" antique white mat.
• MEDIUM: 8 x 10" print is matted in 11" x 14" antique white mat.
• LARGE: 11 x 14" print is matted in 16" x 20" antique white mat.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
This is a rare illustration of a Rhinoceros engrave by Enea Vico, an Italian artist in 1548. It was based on an even earlier woodcut known as "Dürer's Rhinoceros" by the German painter and printmaker, Albrecht Dürer in 1515. What's interesting about this print is that Dürer had never seen a real rhinoceros. The woodcut show hard armor plates with rivets along the seams, twisted horn and scaly legs, none of which is anatomically correct. Despite this, it was popular and regarded as realistic into the late 18th century. It is now said "probably no animal picture has exerted such a profound influence on the arts".