'Desiderius Erasmus', Quentin Matsys

'Desiderius Erasmus', Quentin Matsys

'Desiderius Erasmus'
Medal (obverse view)
Quentin Matsys (1466-1530)
Southern Netherlands (Antwerp)
1519
Bronze, cast
Museum no. 4613-1858

Erasmus (about 1469-1536) was the leading scholar of the northern Renaissance. He wrote on aspects of religion, philosophy and education, and was the first editor of the New Testament. This medal was commissioned by Erasmus himself from an artist who was primarily a painter.