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Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus 1467 - 1536 1530s

Hans Holbein, Circle of 

Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus 1467 - 1536, Hans Holbein, Circle of
Oil on Panel
16th Century
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This portrait is a simplified version of Holbein's great portrait of the philosopher of 1532, and would have produced for one of his admirers perhaps in this country. The author of In Praise of Folly enjoyed great popularity with the humanistic circle that gathered around his friend Sir Thomas More.
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