(b. ca. 1604, Spaarndam, d. 1664, Amsterdam)

Desiderius Erasmus

c. 1650
Oak, height 60 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466/1469-1536) was a Dutch humanist and theologian. He had a major influence on intellectual circles in the Netherlands.

In the Web Gallery of Art you can view several portraits of Erasmus by Renaissance painters, such as Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Dürer and Quentin Massys.