Erasmus trip (1954) Louis van Roode

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 the Younger (1497 / 98-1543) is inextricably linked to the drawings he made in Basel in the margins of Erasmus's most famous book The Praise of Foolishness (1515) and the series of portraits that 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 Holbein's work. The mosaic shows two city views: Rotterdam and Basel, the cities where Erasmus started and completed his life's 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 publishing house Forben. Erasmus on horseback could be a reference to his book The Praise of Foolishness, because in his own words the idea for this book originated while Erasmus traveled 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

The Rotterdam artist Louis van Roode (Delft, 1914 - Rotterdam, 1964) worked a lot for the new architecture during the Reconstruction period. He produced many murals and mosaics that adorned modern architecture, but which also told a story about nature, culture, people 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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