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Erasmus of Rotterdam

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

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Albrecht Dürer idolized the learned Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, famously noting in his diary that Erasmus should take over for the Protestant revolutionary Martin Luther, whom Dürer feared had been killed. The artist and the scholar met three times in the Netherlands in 1520–21, and Dürer gave Erasmus several prints and drew his portrait. Erasmus also praised the artist, observing that, like artists of antiquity, “What cannot Dürer express in monochromes, that is, by black lines only?” Fittingly, Dürer’s expansive monochrome engraving includes Latin and Greek captions complimenting Erasmus’s scholarship, with his hefty tomes piled along its lower edge.


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Albrecht Dürer


Erasmus of Rotterdam


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1526


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image/plate: 25.1 × 19.3 cm (9 15/16 × 7 5/8 in.); Sheet: 25.8 × 19.7 cm (10 3/16 × 7 13/16 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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