Article ID: CBB001550648

O rinoceronte de Dürer e suas lićóes para a historiografia da ciência (2014)


Albrecht Dürer's woodblock of a rhinoceros, produced in 1515, was a landmark both in art and in zoology. That representation, containing several mistakes, became the standard image of the rhinoceros for two centuries, strongly influencing naturalists and the whole culture of the period. Europeans only became aware of the real appearance of a rhinoceros during the 18th century. This paper analyses the history of the rhinoceros represented by Dürer, comparing it with other works of the same time, and the likely sources of his blunders. The article employs this case study to point out historiographical errors on this subject and to contemplate several methodological issues of the history of science.

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Authors & Contributors
Nelson, E. Charles
Leitão, Henrique
Fleming, Martha
Yuan, Jiangyang
Yale, Elizabeth E.
Wintroub, Michael
Archives of Natural History
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Studia Historiae Scientiarum
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
History of Science
Tinta da China
Yale University Press
Stanford University Press
Hubei Education Press
Engravers and engravings
History of science, as a discipline
Visual representation; visual communication
Natural history
Shapin, Steven B.
Scott, Alexander de Courcy
Ray, John
Lister, Martin
James, Henry, Sir
Holbein, Hans the Younger
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
Early modern
20th century, early
Virginia (U.S.)
Louvain (Belgium)
Royal Society (Great Britain). European Science Exchange Programme
Louvain. Université
Royal Society of London

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