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<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderius_Erasmus" class="extiw" title="w:Desiderius Erasmus">Desiderius Erasmus</a> of Rotterdam (1466/69–1536) was a renowned humanist scholar and theologian. He moved in 1521 to Basel, the city where Hans Holbein the Younger lived and had his workshop. Such was the fame of Erasmus, who corresponded with scholars throughout Europe, that he needed many portraits of himself to send abroad. Holbein painted three much-copied portraits of Erasmus in 1523, of which this is the largest and most elaborate. It is likely the one sent to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Warham" class="extiw" title="w:William Warham">William Warham</a>, Archbishop of Canterbury, in England. Holbein later painted Warham after he travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus, who had once lived in England himself. Holbein's portrait of Erasmus includes a Latin couplet by the scholar, inscribed on the edge of the leaning book on the shelf, which states that Holbein would rather have a slanderer than an imitator. According to art historian Stephanie Buck, this portrait is "an idealized picture of a sensitive, highly cultivated scholar, and this was precisely how Erasmus wanted to be remembered by future generations" (Stephanie Buck, Hans Holbein, Cologne: Könemann, 1999, <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/3829025831" class="internal mw-magiclink-isbn">ISBN 3829025831</a>, p. 50).

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current08:42, 3 January 2017Thumbnail for version as of 08:42, 3 January 2017809 × 1,145 (122 KB)127.0.0.1 (talk)<div class="description"> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderius_Erasmus" class="extiw" title="w:Desiderius Erasmus">Desiderius Erasmus</a> of Rotterdam (1466/69–1536) was a renowned humanist scholar and theologian. He moved in 1521 to Basel, the city where Hans Holbein the Younger lived and had his workshop. Such was the fame of Erasmus, who corresponded with scholars throughout Europe, that he needed many portraits of himself to send abroad. Holbein painted three much-copied portraits of Erasmus in 1523, of which this is the largest and most elaborate. It is likely the one sent to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Warham" class="extiw" title="w:William Warham">William Warham</a>, Archbishop of Canterbury, in England. Holbein later painted Warham after he travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus, who had once lived in England himself. Holbein's portrait of Erasmus includes a Latin couplet by the scholar, inscribed on the edge of the leaning book on the shelf, which states that Holbein would rather have a slanderer than an imitator. According to art historian Stephanie Buck, this portrait is "an idealized picture of a sensitive, highly cultivated scholar, and this was precisely how Erasmus wanted to be remembered by future generations" (Stephanie Buck, <i>Hans Holbein</i>, Cologne: Könemann, 1999, <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/3829025831" class="internal mw-magiclink-isbn">ISBN 3829025831</a>, p. 50).</div>
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