In 1515 the first rhinoceros to be seen in Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire arrived in Lisbon. In early 1516, however, it perished in a shipwreck off the coast of Italy, in transit after being dispatched by the King of Portugal to Pope Leo X as a gift. But this did not stop Albrecht Dürer, the German painter and printmaker, from making a woodcut of the animal, despite never having seen it himself, and having only an anonymous drawing someone had showed him to go by. Inexperience is never seen as an impediment to practice here at the Soho Revue, but in this instance it rather misfired, and Dürer plunged Europe into four hundred years of darkness Rhinocerotidae.


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