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After Holbein, Hans, the younger (German painter, draftsman, born 1497 or 1498, died 1543, active in Switzerland and England) , Thomas Cromwell

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Title Thomas Cromwell
Alternative Title Erasmus
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Crathes Castle)
Artist After Holbein, Hans, the younger (German painter, draftsman, born 1497 or 1498, died 1543, active in Switzerland and England)
Date Earliest probably 1739
Date Latest possibly 1800
Description This portrait was thought to be of Henry VIII's minister, Thomas Cromwell, but is actually a depiction of Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), the Dutch humanist and scholar.

Erasmus was a friend of Thomas More and an early patron of Hans Hobein the Younger. This portrait is similar in appearance to two of Holbein's portrayals of Erasmus, but on closer inspection appears to be after his portrait of about 1532, in the Robert Lehman Collection (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

Current Accession Number 51-954
Subject portrait (Erasmus)
Measurements 20 x 17 cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal
Acquisition Details Given by the Burnett of Leys family 1951.
Provenance By descent in the Burnett of Leys family.
Notes Paired with a portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author David Taylor
 

 

 

 

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