Fable of the Rhinoceros and Elephants, Aegidius Sadeler
Etching, roughly 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (96x112mm), 1608. In the Rijksmuseum.
Today — I am informed in a tweet from the Rijksmusem — is World Rhino Day. In celebration they point to a selection of rhino images from their collection, from which I focused on this wonderful etching by Aegidius Sadeler.
Not only is the exotic beast made more so by Sadeler’s marvelously textural line work, the fairly-tale like elephants and elegantly rendered tree are a bonus.