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    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 130

    Albrecht Dürer

    Erasmus of Rotterdam (B. 107; M., Holl. 105; S.M.S. 102)

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    Albrecht Dürer
    Erasmus of Rotterdam (B. 107; M., Holl. 105; S.M.S. 102)
    engraving, 1526, a very good Meder g impression, with two vertical scratches to the right of the tablet not described by Meder, watermark Coat of Arms with a Crown (M. 46), with thread margins or trimmed on the platemark, retaining the frequently cropped blank fillet between the lower borderline and platemark, in extremely good condition
    S. 250 x 194 mm.

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    One of the greatest humanists who ever lived Erasmus Desiderius of Rotterdam (circa 1466-1536) was a European intellectual who had studied in Paris and lived in Italy, the Netherlands, England, Switzerland and Germany. Throughout a long and active life he corresponded with more than five hundred men of the highest importance in the world of politics and philosophy, and his advice on all kinds of subjects was eagerly sought, if not always followed. Although he remained a Roman Catholic he was critical of what he considered the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church, and using humanist techniques he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament which raised questions that would be influential in the Reformation. Indeed, the Catholic Counter-Reformation movement often condemned Erasmus as having 'laid the egg that hatched the Reformation.'

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    With P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London.