Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) is among the most portrayed people of his time. The Rotterdam-born humanist was painted by Quinten Massys, Hans Holbein the Younger and Lucas Cranach. This is the best of Cranach's portraits of Erasmus, probably painted during Erasmus' life or shortly after his death.
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|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 19 cm
Length 14.6 cm
Lucas Cranach (I)
|Accession number||BRL 2012-06 (OK)|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Erasmusstichting 2013|
|Age artist||Between 58 and 64 years old|
Presentatie Erasmus aankoop door Cranach (2013)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
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