‘Statue of Erasmus’, Rotterdam, c.1910

‘Rotterdam – Statue of Erasmus’

L. L.


rotterdam statue of erasmus

The statue of Erasmus was cast from bronze in 1622 by the greatest Dutch sculptor of the Renaissance: Hendrick de Keyser. It replaced an earlier wooden statue of the Humanist scholar who was born in Rotterdam c.1466. Keyser was paid the colossal sum of 10,000 guilders to produce the effigy, far more than Rembrandt received when he painted The Night Watch in 1642. The statue survived the almost total destruction of Rotterdam’s beautiful city centre by the Germans in 1940 and was later buried in a garden until the war was over. It was then replaced in its former position close to the only surviving part of medieval Rotterdam, the Great Church of Lawrence .


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