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Statue of Erasmus of Rotterdam

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Prepare your visit Ticketing Future event Ville de Genève, Musées d'art et d'histoire Crédits photographiques : © Musée d'art et d'histoire, Ville de Genève, photographe : Yves Siza Auteurs : Ferdinand Hodler (Berne, 14.03.1853 — Genève, 19.05.1918) Titre : L'Unanimité Datations : 1912/1913 Matières et techniques : Huile sur toile mise au carreau; Peinture Dimensions : haut.: 52.5 cm; larg.: 163 cm; Haut 52.5, larg 163 cm N° d’inventaire : 1939-0044

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Here is a Dutch engraving that visitors can admire at the MIR. On a bridge spanning a canal stands a large statue of Erasmus reading a book.

It is placed on an engraved base and surrounded by a fence. In the background appears Rotterdam, birthplace of the humanist.

This representation was drawn by Hillebrand van der Aa (c. 1660-c. 1721), from Leyden, and engraved by Amsterdam-based Daniel Stoopendaal (1672-1726). The engraving was printed by the Leydois publisher Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733), brother of Hillebrand.

The statue of Erasmus, in bronze, is still visible in Rotterdam, not far from the Saint-Laurent church. It was commissioned in 1618 from the sculptor Hendrick de Keyser (1565-1621) and cast in 1622, shortly after the latter's death.


Hillebrand van der Aa, Daniel Stoopendaal
Statue of Erasmus from Rotterdam, Netherlands, late 17th or early 18th century

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