Published: May 30, 2019

Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam (1523)

by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 - 1543)

Erasmus of Rotterdam is the greatest scientist of the Northern Renaissance, a thinker, nicknamed the prince of humanists. He prepared the first edition of the Greek original of the New Testament with commentaries, marked the beginning of a critical study of the text of the Scriptures. He contributed to the return of the literary heritage of antiquity and gained fame by his freedom-loving views. A scholar taught Greek at Cambridge. Erasmus of Rotterdam led a nomadic life, moved from town to town. Only at the end of his life, he settled in Basel, where he ended his life.
Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam (1523)


The artist was friendly with a great thinker and painted it several times. In this portrait, Holbein conveys the appearance of a man with a deep and sharp mind, as indicated by his penetrating gaze, pursed corners of thin lips.

The scientist is dressed in rich, fur-trimmed clothes. The hands of the great philosopher are on the book, maybe this is the Bible. The portrait is made in the mean range of dark brown tones.



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