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Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus

Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus

Lucas Cranach (I) (in circa 1530 - 1536)

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  • Elise Vanriest asked

    We are studying, at the French National Research Institute, on the collection of Gaignières, all of the portraits he owned bear a red wax seal (a snake and a crown, Colbert's family seal), is it the case of your painting? We know Gaignières had before his death in 1715 a beautiful portrait of Erasmus. Thank you very much, Elise

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Elise, The portrait at Boijmans has a wax seal, but from our images we can not discern if it is a snake and a crown. Also, judging from the provenance info in our database, it seems the painting was in possession of Regina Rosina von Hillenbrand, Augsburg 1695 - in or after 1742. Best, Lisa


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Title Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location Wereldmuseum
Dimensions Height 19 cm
Length 14.6 cm
Artists Schilder: Lucas Cranach (I)
Accession number BRL 2012-06 (OK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Erasmusstichting 2013
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 2013
Age artist Between 58 and 64 years old
Internal exhibitions Presentatie Erasmus aankoop door Cranach (2013)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)

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Lucas Cranach (I)

Kronach 1472 - Weimar 1553

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