Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Inspired by... the rhinoceros in art.

Primitive woodcut illustrating a poem of Giovanni Giacomo Penni

primitive woodcut from a Berenguier book

 "I will not return without victory" is the motto on this woodcut 
from the collection of Alessando di Medici, published
in a book called Dialogo by Paolo Giovio

Hans Burgkmair the elder

Albrecht Dürer

Bob Warren

Michael Speaker

from Sebastian Münster's Cosmosgraphia 

Tapestry detail from Kronborg Castle, Coppenhagen, Denmark

Ulisse Aldrovandi from an early zoological encyclopedia

Walton Ford

Salvador Dalí's rhinoceros in Spain

Katherine Lane Weems
(one of two—Bessie and Victoria—at the Harvard University 
Biological Science building)

Elizabeth Barrien

Scott Wilson Design

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  1. Wow, awesome collection of rhinos!

  2. Rhinoes are amazing, they do what they want, and you can't teach a rhino any tricks. (that bit from Brave New World made me love the animals so much more)

  3. From Brave New World, Chapter 6, where Henry Foster compares Bernard to a rhinoceros: "You can't teach a rhinoceros tricks," he had explained in his brief and vigorous style. "Some men are almost rhinoceroses; they don't respond properly to conditioning. Poor Devils! Bernard's one of them. Luckily for him, he's pretty good at his job. Otherwise the Director would never have kept him. However," he added consolingly, "I think he's pretty harmless."


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