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Quinten Massys (1465/6-1530)

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) 1517

RCIN 405759

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This is one of a pair of portraits sent as a gift to Sir Thomas More in England by two of his Netherlandish friends: the humanist and scholar, Erasmus (seen here), and Pieter Gillis, Town Clerk of Antwerp (private collection). Massys depicts Erasmus in his study writing with his favourite reed pen, surrounded by a selection of his numerous publications.