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Inscription

in block, on plaque at upper center: .ER. ROT.; in block, at base of sculpture at lower center: TERMINVS; on cartouche at bottom, printed in letterpress: Corporis effigiem si quis non uidit Erasmi, / Hanc scite ad uiuum picta tabella dabit. (If anyone has not seen the shape of the body of Erasmus, it is to be found in this skillfully portrayed panel); on verso, at bottom, in graphite by later hand: Pass III 390-57 I/IV / Holbein / Erasmus de Rotterdam / [?]; at lower right, in graphite by later hand: (HH1180)

Provenance

purchased by Lessing J. Rosenwald [1891-1979], Jenkintown, PA, 1929; gift to NGA, 1943.

Exhibition History
1953
Masterpieces of Graphic Art, Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1953.
1956
Life and Lives in the Renaissance, Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; and Columbia Museum of Art, SC, 1956, no. 38.
1959
Prints from the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, University of Nebraska Art Galleries, Lincoln, 1959, no catalogue.
1959
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1959.
1960
Graphic Masterpieces of 500 Years from the National Gallery of Art, Rosenwald Collection, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1960, no. 21.
1960
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1960.
1971
Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Prints from the Rosenwald Collection, Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, Fredericksburg, VA, 1971, no. 38, repro.
1971
Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Prints from the Rosenwald Collection, Saint John's College, Santa Fe, NM, 1971, no catalogue.
1973
Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Prints of Northern Europe from the National Gallery of Art Rosenwald Collection, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1973, no. 63, repro.
1973
Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Prints of Northern Europe from the National Gallery of Art Rosenwald Collection, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1973, no. 63, repro.
2000
The Power of Appearances: Renaissance and Reformation Portrait Prints and Medals, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover; The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, 2000-2001.
Bibliography
1860
Passavant, Johann David. Le peintre-graveur, contenant l'histoire de la gravure sur bois, sur metalet au buring jusque vers la fin du XVI siecle .... 6 vols. Leipzig: Rudolph Weigel, 1860-1864.
1949
Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. German engravings, etchings and woodcuts, ca. 1400-1700. Vol. XIV. Roosendaal, 1988: no. 9.
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