Erasmus trip (1954) Louis van Roode

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Called this huge wall mosaic Erasmus trip Louis van Roode was commissioned by investor Der Baseler Versicherungs-Gesellschaft for the Holbein House. The mosaic contains numerous references to the life of Erasmus (1467-1536). To start with the building: the name of Hans Holbein de Jonge (1497 / 98-1543) is inextricably linked to the drawings he made in Basel on the margins of Erasmus's most famous book The Praise of Foolishness (1515) and the series of portraits he subsequently made over the years - often accurately 'directed' by his friend Erasmus - of the famous humanist. It Erasmus statue that Hendrick de Keyser designed for Rotterdam is undoubtedly based on the work of Holbein. The mosaic shows two cityscapes: Rotterdam and Basel, the cities where Erasmus started and completed his life journey respectively. Although Erasmus came from Rotterdam, he spent a large part of his working life in Basel. His most important works were published by Forben publishers. Erasmus on horseback could be a reference to his book The Praise of Foolishnessbecause, he says, the idea for this book arose while Erasmus was traveling on horseback from Italy to England in 1509 to visit his friend Thomas More, to whom he also dedicated it.

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About the artist

During the Reconstruction period, the Rotterdam artist Louis van Roode (Delft, 1914 - Rotterdam, 1964) often worked on commission for the new architecture. He made many murals and mosaics, which adorned modern architecture, but which also told their own story about nature, culture, man and the cosmos. Major works by his hand have been preserved in Rotterdam, but also in Vlissingen, Eindhoven and The Hague. He can rightly be called one of the greatest wall artists of his time.

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