Erasmus of Rotterdam (1526)

Dürer, Albrecht (1471-1528)

Erasmus of Rotterdam
Engraving in black on ivory laid paper, 25.1 × 19.3 cm
Art Institute of ChicagoChicago

Albrecht Dürer idolized the learned Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, famously noting in his diary that Erasmus should take over for the Protestant revolutionary Martin Luther, whom Dürer feared had been killed. The artist and the scholar met three times in the Netherlands in 1520–21, and Dürer gave Erasmus several prints and drew his portrait. Erasmus also praised the artist, observing that, like artists of antiquity, “What cannot Dürer express in monochromes, that is, by black lines only?” Fittingly, Dürer’s expansive monochrome engraving includes Latin and Greek captions complimenting Erasmus’s scholarship, with his hefty tomes piled along its lower edge. (AIC)

See also:

• Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536)