Thomas More (1970) Huib Noorlander

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About the artwork

This bronze plastic of a seated Thomas More was made on a concrete base in 1970. Artist Huib Noorlander was commissioned by the school board to make a work in the percentage scheme during the construction of the school. Logically, he made a plastic of this scholar for the Thomas More Hogeschool. Thomas More (England, 1478 - 1535) is a renowned humanist, philosopher and statesman. He wrote the book Utopia, in which he describes the political system of an ideal non-existent island state. More became friends with Erasmus. He often stayed at More's home and wrote the 1509 there Praise of Foolishness, which was dedicated to Thomas More.

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About the artist

Huib Noorlander (Schiebroek, 1928 - Nijmegen, 2004) was a figurative sculptor. In 1951 he founded the artist group together with Louis van Roode, Jan Burgerhout, Kees French, Jan Goedhart, Charles Kemper and Ed van Zanden Argus on. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Holland America Line, he made a picture of it Cauldron Twinkle (1973). A replica of this has been in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam since 1998. A reduced version is awarded annually as a Ketelbinkie prize. Various images of Noorlander can be found in Rotterdam. Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues. In the 1960s, Noorlander and artist Joeki Simak formed the most famous artist couple in Rotterdam.

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