Erasmus of Rotterdam

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

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

Date:

1526

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

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.

Currently Off View

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Erasmus of Rotterdam

Origin

Germany

Date

1526

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, in plate, upper center of tablet in image, Latin and Greek. The Greek has been translated to say: "His writings present a better picture of the man than this portrait" or "the better image will his writings show."; date inscribed recto, in plate, center of tablet in image: “MDXXVI”; monogram inscribed recto, in plate, lower center of tablet in image; inscribed recto, below plate, lower center, in graphite: “B – 107"

Dimensions

251 × 193 mm (image/plate); 258 × 197 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.957

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share