Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Erasmus ekphrasis

From a description of Hans Holbein the Younger’s 1523 portrait of Erasmus:

Stefan Zweig, Erasmus of Rotterdam  , trans. Eden and Cedar Paul (New York: Viking, 1934).

The painting hangs in the Louvre. Wikipedia has a large, clear reproduction, much larger than this one:

[Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam .]

Other Zweig posts
Destiny, out of one’s hands : Fanaticism and reason : Happy people, poor psychologists : Little world : School v. city : “A tremendous desire for order” : Urban pastoral, with stationery : Zweig’s last address book

comments: 2

Geo-B said...

When I find that people are reading the Wolf Hall books, about Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII's court, I tell them to look up all the people in the Holbein pictures. I once saw an exhibition of Holbein portrait drawings owned by Queen Elizabeth. They're almost like photographs, and impart great psychological insight.

Michael Leddy said...

And how. I’ve been looking at his portraits of Erasmus again and again and again.