Ganda was an Indian rhinoceros sent on a ship by the King of Portugal from Goa to Rome as a present to the Pope for his menagerie. The ship sank on the way and Ganda drowned. He washed ashore and a taxidermist of the Vatican Museum restored his remains. The fate of the mounted remains of Ganda is unknown, but are believed to be somewhere in the archives of the Vatican Museum.
The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica can be seen in the background of the painting.