Erasmus of Rotterdam

late 1530s
Hans Holbein, the Younger (German, 1497 or 1498–1543), Blockcutter Veit Rudolph Specklin (German, died in 1550)


Catalogue Raisonné

Passavant 057

Dimensions

Sheet: 30.2 x 18.5 cm (11 7/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

M21338

Medium or Technique

Woodcut

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The humanist scholar Erasmus is shown resting his hand on the head of Terminus, the ancient god of boundaries and endings. For Erasmus, who took the image of the god as his personal emblem, Terminus served as a reminder of the brevity of human existence and an admonition to lead a better life.

Provenance

PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 1/1/1910 [exact to year]

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wheelwright , by exchange