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17 September 2013

Erasmus arrives in his native city

This autumn Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen becomes the first Dutch museum to add an outstanding sixteenth-century portrait of Erasmus to its permanent display. The museum is celebrating the arrival of the painting with a family day on Sunday 27 October.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus, c.1530-1536, oil on panel, 19x14,6 cm. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Loan: Erasmus Foundation 2013.
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus, c.1530-1536, oil on panel, 19x14,6 cm. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Loan: Erasmus Foundation 2013.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is the recipient of an extremely fine portrait of Desiderius Erasmus on long-term loan from the Erasmus Foundation. Lucas Cranach the Elder, one of the great masters of the German Renaissance, painted the portrait around 1530-1536. It is the first high-quality portrait of the influential humanist in a Dutch public collection. As the birthplace of the scholar and author of the famous book ‘In praise of Folly’, Rotterdam is the ideal home for this artwork. Numerous buildings in the city are named after its most famous son.

The small but exquisite portrait of Desiderius Erasmus is now on view in the collections displays and from 12 October will be part of a special presentation with other Erasmusrelated works from the collection.

Erasmus Family Day
On 27 October, the last day of autumn half-term holiday, the museum is hosting a special Erasmus family day with workshops, performances and guided tours. Visit the website for more information.

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