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Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus

Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus

Hieronymus Hopfer (in circa 1530 - 1540)

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  • Clara May asked

    Hi, I am working on this engraving by Hieronymus Hopfer as there is one print in the collections in Geneva. I would like to Know if you have any additional informations about this print, about the provenance or the state of print (II/II?), and do you also have maybe informations about the engraved plate? Thank you for your response! Clara May

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Clara, thank you for your interest. I believe the state of the print is I/III, as described in Hollstein: German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, number 67. About the copper plate you can also find more information there. As for the provenance of the print: it is from the estate of Dr. J.C.J. Bierens de Haan, 1951. For other information you can look at our catalog "Images of Erasmus" (2008), no. 15. Good luck, Peter van der Coelen, Curator Prints and Drawings.


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Monarchs aside, Erasmus was one of the best portrayed figures of his time. His portrait was drawn, painted and turned into prints by such great artists as Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Baldung Grien and Quinten Massys. Hieronymus Hopfer based his portrait on a medal by Massys (1519).

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Title Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus
Material and technique Etching
Object type
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 209 mm
Width 155 mm
Artists Graficus: Hieronymus Hopfer
Accession number BdH 2155 (PK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: Dr. J.C.J. Bierens de Haan 1951
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1951
Age artist Between 10 and 20 years old
Collector Collector / J.C.J. Bierens de Haan
Internal exhibitions Erasmus in beeld (2008)
Presentatie Erasmus aankoop door Cranach (2013)
Etching > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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Hieronymus Hopfer

werkzaam Augsburg en Neurenberg 1528 - 1550

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