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Hans Holbein: Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam  wikidata:Q22329829 
creator QS:P170,Q48319
Hans Holbein: Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam
Portrait of Erasmus
Object type painting

Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam with Renaissance Pilaster.

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466/69–1536) was a renowned humanist scholar and theologian. He moved in 1521 to Basel, the city where Hans Holbein the Younger lived and had his workshop. Such was the fame of Erasmus, who corresponded with scholars throughout Europe, that he needed many portraits of himself to send abroad. Holbein painted three much-copied portraits of Erasmus in 1523, of which this is the largest and most elaborate. It is likely the one sent to William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, in England. Holbein later painted Warham after he travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus, who had once lived in England himself. Holbein's portrait of Erasmus includes a Latin couplet by the scholar, inscribed on the edge of the leaning book on the shelf, which states that Holbein would rather have a slanderer than an imitator. According to art historian Stephanie Buck, this portrait is "an idealized picture of a sensitive, highly cultivated scholar, and this was precisely how Erasmus wanted to be remembered by future generations" (Stephanie Buck, Hans Holbein, Cologne: Könemann, 1999, ISBN 3829025831, p. 50).
Depicted people Erasmus
Date 1523
date QS:P571,+1523-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on panel
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q1348059,P518,Q861259
Dimensions Height: 73.6 cm (28.9 ″); Width: 51.4 cm (20.2 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,73.6U174728;P2049,51.4U174728
institution QS:P195,Q180788
Current location
2nd floor room 04
Accession number
Credit line lent to National Gallery by Longford Castle
References National Gallery, London - online catalogue.
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current11:41, 28 December 2004Thumbnail for version as of 11:41, 28 December 2004809 × 1,145 (122 KB)Stw (talk | contribs)color version
11:19, 19 October 2004Thumbnail for version as of 11:19, 19 October 20041,000 × 1,564 (232 KB)Robbot (talk | contribs)Desiderius Erasmus. By Hans Holbein the younger. From: ''Hans Holbein le jeune: L'oeuvre du maitre''. Paris, Librairie Hachette & Cie., 1912. Copied from: [ Portraits of Humanists] {{PD}}
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